Your house is your castle, and every structural engineer designing houses should know that. Our houses are where we feel safe, loved, and protected from the outside world. When all parties building a house are committed to delivering the best end product, the only outcome is a robust and sturdy home that will look after all who enter it. So, what should a structural engineer ensure when designing a house? Let’s investigate.

  1. Foundations are designed according to the soil and rock below

When a new house is built, sometimes what is below the ground is even more important than what’s being built above. A new home’s foundations should be designed with the soil and rock composition in mind or the house can end up ‘settling’ or subsiding which is going to cause serious concern in the future.

  1. The house is anchored into the hillside

Is your gorgeous new house being built on a hillside? While these locations are great for establishing breathtaking views from certain rooms in the house, one concern is whether or not your home will end up at the bottom of the slope one day. For this reason, structural engineers will pay close attention to how the structure is anchored into the side of the hill.

  1. The house has lateral stability

Lateral stability is another vital consideration a structural engineer should ensure when designing a new house. Lateral stability ensures that no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, the house will never crumple or fall over. The walls and the roof are the items that carry the weight of lateral loads, so careful attention should be paid to their construction where lateral stability is a concern.

  1. The walls, beams and slabs are strong enough

There are certain parts of a new house build that simply cannot be left to chance. These are the walls, the support beams, and the slabs being used for foundation and/or second-level flooring. Time, weather conditions and gravity will work against your new house and its supporting structure, but if engineers ensure these structural components are sound, they won’t collapse or deflect unnecessarily.

  1. Appropriate materials and techniques are used

One reason modern homes don’t last as long is that developers often use cheaper materials or “short-cut” techniques to save time and money on the project. This is not a good approach if you’re building a home for a client who hopes to have it in the family for generations. When appropriate building materials are used, and the correct techniques are followed, your house can last up to 50 years or more!

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Did you know that RJB Projects is a proud member of the Green Building Council of South Africa? We are committed to building quality engineering solutions that last. Over 200 clients have already trusted us with the structural design of their houses and office blocks. Our team can assist with: luxury house builds, housing complex builds, and even major structural alterations. Read through our RJB Company Profile, or start the conversation immediately by contacting us.