Since returning to Taveuni to re start this kit home project after Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted the crew have been busy working on site preparation and installing the Surefoot Footing foundation system
We decided to use this system due to the volcanic and rocky nature of the site. Also, this house design is made up of two separate units which means more foundations. The house being elevated on a sloping site also adds to the challenges.
Traditional concrete and timber post foundations would require heavy machinery to cut deep into the rock to ensure a foothold, and vast amounts of concrete poured for the 57 posts required. Sound like a lengthy and expensive exercise on an outer island? It is! The Surefoot system simplifies and quickens the process by using metal foot plates with short rods that are driven into the ground and set on an angle which gives the plates stability and strength to hold the steel posts that the house will be built on. Here's what it looks like:.
The top image shows the S250 pile cap which is laid into the ground that the steel post will sit on top of.
The bottom 2 images show the bigger S600 pile caps designed to take the heavier loads in the ground in exact position with the steel surepiles ready to be driven into the ground at specific angles.
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