At Homoly Construction, we constantly research the latest building technology and employ only the best construction techniques. Homoly Construction team members have attended the International Home Building Show for more than a decade, attending educational seminars, workshops, and meeting directly with suppliers from around the nation. Here are a few of our standard construction techniques. Note: Most of these techniques are used by very few (if any) of our competitors.
Even with normal soil conditions, we employ an extra wide footing under every foundation. Basic foundation design shows how doubling the width of the footing increases the bearing capacity 4 times. For negligible additional cost, the foundation strength is substantially increased. This is just one example of the many superior building techniques we employ in every home. The diagram below illustrates the differences between a Homoly Home and the rest of the industry.
Homoly Construction has built some of the most elaborate foundations in the Kansas City area. The foundation shown below is one of the largest residential foundations in the city. The entire structure is set on hundreds of auger pressure filled concrete piers cored into bedrock. It includes walls 32' high, 24" thick with footings more than 15' wide. The basement has 5 separate levels and required more than 20 convoyed concrete trucks and two pumper trucks to pour. This foundation won the "Excellence in Concrete" award for all of Kansas City.
This step is probably the most important determining factor for long term foundation success. Water is the most destructive force facing a foundation. If the water table in the soil surrounding the foundation rises to near the ground surface, the horizontal force on the foundation wall is doubled. In the summer months, the ground can become so dry as to "pull away" from the foundation. This creates a force in the opposite direction. This constant back and forth action is one of the main reasons for foundation failure. At Homoly Construction, we utilize a triple guard waterproofing system to protect the structural strength of the foundation wall as well as its initial purpose of keeping the basement dry. We use a waterproofing membrane, an exterior drainage system, and an interior drainage system (see drawing above for details). Note we use several times the normal amount of gravel to ensure our drainage systems work effectively.
Floor and Roofing Truss
At Homoly Construction, all of our new homes use floor and roof truss construction. This method is far superior to the traditional "stick built" construction used by the vast majority of home builders in the Kansas City area. Just some of the advantages include:
- Stronger. One our homes was hit by a tornado in 2004 with the homeowners inside. The shingles were blown off the roof and the spindles were blown out of the front porch handrail, but the home held strong.
- Faster construction.
- Less expensive.
- Able to span nearly double the distance of stick framing. This eliminates most (if not all) columns and beams in a basement.
- HVAC ducts, plumbing, and electrical can be run THROUGH the open web design instead of underneath the joists. This eliminates the need to "fir down" chases around all of this equipment.
- 3 1/2" nailing surface for subfloor and drywall instead of a 1 1/2" nailing surface.
- No squeaks.
- Less scrap. All trusses arrive at the job site custom to that foundation.
- Roof trusses span from the front wall to the back wall of the home. Typically, no interior bearing walls are needed for very open designs.
- An engineer designs the structure of the home rather than counting on framers to make sure they distribute the loads through the home correctly (a reason for many sheetrock cracks on walls and ceilings).