Hi all, I've been perusing the forums and am learning already; it seems there are many knowledgeable folks here. I'm learning some of the skills needed to be an owner/builder for my future 32x24' 1.5 story SIP home in the eastern Ontario bush somewhere between Bancroft and Huntsville. We don't have the land yet, but we are serious about learning and planning - I will likely provide a 24x32 general structural layout design for an engineer to fix/stamp then submit permit applications and do most labour myself with some help where heavy equipment and experienced advice is needed. How do Geo Engineers charge for their work, and what work could I do (assuming I have land) that might help prepare for piers in terms of geo investigation/pier foundation prep? Do geotechs charge by the hour or by the project? What are some fee examples for soil parameter testing for foundation, well and septic selection? Which soil properties should I look for to build a pier foundation? With that, I can consider soil properties when buying my land. I hope to gain some knowledge from those gracious enough to share their time and experience with me.
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