Understanding Soil Types May Save You Money when Building

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To help with potential cost savings for your new home, it is helpful to know the typical soil type in the area you’re choosing to buy land and understand what your builder’s foundation quote is based on.

The soil classification on the land will determine the slab and footings required to build your new home.  Soil types are typically based on how much movement or how reactive the soil is as the soil gets wet and dries out, as well as the soil type’s bearing capacity.

Soil testing is usually included in your build contract and organised by your builder prior to final foundation design work being done by the builder’s engineer.

Soil types are classified as Slightly (S), Moderately (M), Highly (H) or Extremely (E) reactive.

The more reactive and low bearing capacity, the bigger and costlier the foundations will be.

The most common soil type in the Townsville and Rockhampton regions is H.  

Ingenta's master planned estates, FAIRWAYS in Townsville and EDENBROOK in Rockhampton, have both achieved soil classifications to date that have been less reactive, achieving S or M classifications, resulting in significant savings for home buyers.

If your builder has quoted on the region’s most common soil type H, then you should receive a cost reduction, should your soil type be found to be less reactive than anticipated.




Disclosure: Ingenta advises that no representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy, truth, relevance or completeness of any or all of the information contained in this document.  You should make and rely on your own enquiries, conduct your own searches and obtain your own independent

Kathy Petersen