Clay is a type of soil that is prone to expansion & contraction, often affected by wet or dry weather. Therefore cracking may be more typical to homes built on such sites.
Clients who build on clay sites should refer to information in the ‘New Home Owner’s Manual’ to ensure that cracking is minimized at their home. This manual is provided at handover. However, if you have misplaced your copy you can download it from our website – click here.
We also refer you to CSIRO’s ‘Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance: A Homeowner's Guide’ (formerly known as Information Sheet 10-91). This is available from their website, however must be purchased: Click here to purchase
You may or may not have elected to have the crossover form part of the Building Contract. If the crossover has not been installed by the Builder, do not use your driveway until you have the crossover completed. Should you use your driveway before the crossover is complete, it will likely lead to failure of the driveway paving, causing spreading and/or sinking of the pavers.
Also note when arranging the crossover yourself – it must be constructed in accordance with council specifications. Refer to your local council for more information regarding this matter.
When completing landscaping to your home, be mindful of any pipes that you could damage should you dig too deep. The bury depth of plumbing pipes is required to be 300mm or greater of what the site level is at the time of construction.
When completing paving, installing garden beds or having poured surfaces installed (such as liquid limestone), be careful to ensure that weep holes are not blocked. Failure to do so may cause dampness to enter the home which can cause water damage to walls & flooring.