Lake Shore Foundation Design

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Tom
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Location: Black Mountain, NC

Lake Shore Foundation Design

Post by Tom »

Wondering if you guys can help me.
I'm starting a house in Burke County NC on the shore of Lake James.
The house is permitted to be set back from the shore of the lake by only 65ft.
The property is 2.5 acres and descends 100ft from the entry road to the waterline.
The slope from the waterline is gradual for about 125ft, but after that rises sharply, so there will be a lot of water coming down hill in storms.
Of course I'm thinking foundations right off the bat and wondering if anybody here has this kind of experience.
I'm in the process of finding out where bedrock is and where the water table is.
I'm looking for data in government bodies for soil compression strength too.
I'm considering piles.
No Wright house close to a lake shore comes immediately to mind ...?
Is there one?

JimM
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Location: Austin,Texas

Re: Lake Shore Foundation Design

Post by JimM »

This may not help your situation, but when I built my house the site was downhill of a not too steep wooded slope. The local who did my excavation told me considering the rainy season and soil conditions there'd be sheets of water trying to reach a ravine that I intentionally placed the house near (during the rainy season for all intents and purposes the ravine turned into a downhill river). He suggested a French drain just up behind the house to drain into the ravine. He was right, my crawlspace got wet once in awhile, but the diversion to the ravine worked perfectly. My septic drain field was in the same area, so it all worked out pretty well.

DavidC
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Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Re: Lake Shore Foundation Design

Post by DavidC »

Some Wright homes near lakeside that come to mind are:

- Staley - Madison, OH
- Graycliff - Derby, NY
- Pew - Madison, WI
- Hoffman - Rye, NY (though, it's on a bay)
- Fred B. Jones - Delavan, WI (and, the other homes nearby)
- La Fond - St. Joseph, MN
- Hardy - Racine, WI
- Peterson - Lake Delton, WI
- Borah - Barrington Hills, IL


David

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