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Mission-Mod Blog House Walls Go Up

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The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction.

This week the Mission-Mod Blog House began to take shape as the walls went up on the first floor of this 4,600 square foot custom home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. This is a good time to talk about the engineering of masonry block construction (also known as CMU). In certain parts of Florida, building code requires that the first floor of a home be constructed out of masonry block filled with reinforced concrete.

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block alone does not carry the weight of the home. It must be filled with rebar (steel rods) and concrete inside the cells of the block for the walls to support the structure of the home. The way masonry block behaves structurally is by lining up the cells and filling them with reinforced concrete every four feet and at every opening in the home to create a series of vertical concrete columns that will carry the structural load from above.

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.  THe masonry block (also known as CMU)  will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. THe masonry block (also known as CMU) will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

At the top of the masonry block walls are lentil blocks installed that have U-shaped openings. These line up with the adjacent masonry block and will be filled with reinforced concrete to create a horizontal, continuous beam around the perimeter of the home. Next, work begins on framing the second floor of the home. Workers also will create a cast-in-place radius beam over the front door that will be filled with concrete to carry the weight of the tower entry.

Click the video below to watch a recap of the Mission-Mod Blog House construction process thus far:

Check back again next week as we document the structural frame work for the second floor.

Mission-Mod Blog House Foundation Work Begins

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The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The next phase of construction of the Mission-Mod Blog House by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri requires soil testing of the lot. This should happen before the concrete forms are laid out for the foundation and the underground work begins. Two soil tests are necessary: Proctor and Density. These two tests will provide the builder with information on the type of soils the lot contains and how compact the soils are. Compaction results of 95 percent or better are suitable for construction.

Foundation forms for The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Foundation forms for The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Next, the concrete foundation and underground work begins. Due to the existing grading conditions of the lot, the builder decided to do a monolithic foundation which consists of the footings and the slab in a single pour versus a stem wall in which the footers are poured and a masonry wall is constructed and then the slab poured on top of that. If your lot is on a hill or sloping terrain, a stem wall foundation is required. Since this particular lot is flat, it accommodates a monolithic foundation, which is less expensive (a cost savings of approximately 30 percent).

The concrete foundation contractor places the forms around the perimeter of the house including the garage and sets the forms at the proper elevation.

Foundation forms for The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Foundation forms for The Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri of Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes. Follow the blog for a step by step guide to the process of custom home construction. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Next, the plumber and the electrician “pull strings” (string the locations) to figure out where pipes electrical conduits will be located with respect to the walls and plumbing and fixtures. Also in this phase, the plumber will do the underground work for the mechanical contractor, which is placing conduits for the copper lines necessary for the air conditioning units. This form serves as a grid to guide the underground work. Stay tuned for our next post as the Mission-Mod Blog House undergoes its concrete foundation pour.

3 Tips to Avoid Costly Mistakes in Your Lot Purchase

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Custom Home under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri requiring a stem wall footer foundation. www.imyourbuilder.com

If you are in the market looking for a lot to build your custom home, here’s an important lesson in building a solid foundation. It can save you money and avoid costly surprises in the building process.  There are two types of foundations in Florida for the construction of a home: stem wall footers and monolithic.

The existing grade (surface) and slope of the property determines the type of foundation. In Florida, most lots are flat or semi-flat. Monolithic would be the proper choice. Sloped or uneven terrain requires stem wall footers.

Stem wall footer foundation under construction on lot for custom home with Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, www.imyourbuilder.com

The difference between the two? Stem wall footers are buried two or three feet below the house to avoid erosion and to anchor the house deeper into the ground into harder soils.

Stem wall footers are buried 2 to 3 feet below deep into the hard soils to solidly anchor a custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In monolithic foundations, the footers are incorporated into the house slab and they don’t go as deep. Stem wall footers is the more expensive foundation of the two and takes longer to build because it’s a two-part process.

Here are three tips to avoid costly mistakes when selecting your lot:

Before purchasing the lot, consult your builder and have him walk the property.

Order a Topography Survey from your surveyor.

Call your county building department and get your finished floor elevation to determine the difference between the existing grade and the proposed finished floor elevation.

Together, these three key pieces of information will determine how much fill the lot requires to make it buildable (or in some instances how much fill needs to be removed).  Fill is an important price consideration when deciding on a lot because it can add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of the lot. Just another money-saving Trade Secret and for much more, subscribe to our Trade Secrets blog and the Trade Secrets video series on you tube.