Construction: Step 1 - Slab
The slab going down is the first major milestone in the construction of your new home. This is where you’ll probably step foot in your master bedroom for the first time, picture yourself cooking up a storm in your kitchen and imagining what your new place will look like. Some of our clients even throw a little slab party to celebrate.
The process begins with earthworks preparing the site for construction. This involves leveling the ground and constructing a sand pad on which the slab is laid. Concrete footings for the slab are poured and then approximately 1-2 working days later the slab is poured. Once your slab has been laid, it will require approximately 1 week to cure (so we can start building on a strong base).
After the slab has cured, drains and sewerage are connected onsite. Bobcats will also come in towards the end of this stage to remove any excess sand and level the site for the delivery of bricks onto a flat surface.
Now your building journey begins. The construction phase of a new home is a very fluid process that requires the involvement of many different parties. We’ll keep you informed about the process but you’ll need to trust that we are on track to reach the 24-week building timeframe*. It’s what we do best.
*24 week building timeframe refers to the time it will take to build a standard Celebration Home from when the slab is laid providing there are no unforseen circumstances including but not limited to labour shortages or staff strikes that prevent Celebration Homes from conducting normal operating hours on site, external third party supplier product shortages, or extreme weather conditions such as heavy seasonal rains, storms, or natural disaster.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Celebration Homes will allow for Clients to provide a building inspector on site at each stage agreed between Clients and Building Inspector at the cost to the Client. Building Inspectors will be required to work to Celebration Homes time frames when inspections occur, Clients must advise their Construction Co-ordinator and please be aware that all Building Inspectors must have a current white card.
Cracking is something that does occur in ground slabs and is one of the characteristics of concrete as it shrinks. Concrete shrinks because of the loss of moisture due to evaporation and the hydration of cement as it cures. This reduction of volume causes tensile stresses within the slab, and these stresses are the primary reason why shrinkage cracks occur.
Reinforcement mesh is placed in our ground slabs in recognition of these characteristics to control cracks in both their width and their extent. If this shrinkage cracking occurs in your slab it is considered to be of aesthetic consequence and not of structural concern.
Your garage hardstand is not structural and therefore does not require the same engineering details and mesh that is installed when a slab is poured. The garage hardstand is always 100mm in thickness however a house slab ranges from 85mm – 100mm depending on what area the house is being constructed in and the soil condition. The engineer will conduct a Soil Classification Report to determine the thickness of the footings and the slab for all homes.
Garage hardstands are also required to be poured 1 brick course lower than your homes slab to minimise risk of flooding.