New home – Grote Berg Curacao
Commissioned by a family living in the Netherlands, we started the new construction of their dream home in the Grote Berg residential area on Curacao in the 2nd week of November 2020.
After purchasing the lot, we set to work to get a sketch design on the table that matches the wishes and budget of this customer. Through this sketch design, a construction and dismantling budget has been drawn up in which everything has been really thought through so that the customer is not faced with surprises. From the sketch design, a final design is created that exactly matches the wishes and budget. Based on the final design, we have made a construction and specification drawing, which is necessary when submitting a building permit in Curacao.
After receiving an approved building plan, construction can start
Our client has opted for a traditionally built modern 3 bedroom house with roof terrace.
Planning: turnkey delivery in 32 weeks
A good start is half the work…. In week 1 we started applying for construction power and the water connection, these are essential at a later stage. Ground improvements have taken place after which the building site became suitable for construction. Dimensions have been taken to get the house in the right place, not only are the exact boundaries of the plot established, but it is also precisely determined at that time where the front, rear and side walls of the house will be placed. The cesspool has been dug and sealed with a concrete cover to which the drains of the house will later be connected.
Once the correct dimensions are in mind, the real work can start and that starts with pouring a foundation. For this house we have opted for a strip foundation. This type of foundation is usually used when building on a solid foundation. The strips, also called slabs of a strip foundation, are made of reinforced concrete. The concrete serves for the compressive forces and the reinforcing steel for the tensile forces. The walls of the house will be built on these reinforced foundation strips. The height and width of the strips are determined by a probe (soil investigation) and the size of the building. A commonly used estimate for the width of the foundation strip is 2.5 to 3 times the width of the wall being built on it. Standard strip mats are usually used for the reinforcement of the strip foundation. These are steel construction mats with cuttings on one short side. The cuttings ensure a good connection with the next strip mat. The standard length is 3580mm and the width is between 520mm and 1120mm. After filling the strips with concrete, the parts in between are filled with diabase, this is a kind of sand that consists of very hard and grains of stone.
The base of the foundation has been laid, the electrician and the plumber have been called in to make their preparations and drain pipes for water and steam are being installed. All pipes are in the right place and a steel mesh has been installed so that the work floor can be installed. After a day or 2 of drying, the installation of the inner and outer walls is started.
In week 4 of the construction process we were able to complete the construction of all the interior and exterior walls. In order to get a strong connection between the concrete blocks, a maximum of 4 rows of concrete blocks per day are stacked on top of each other, this prevents cracking at a later stage.
The installation of a concrete ring beam has taken place, the ring beam ensures that the walls become a massive unit and provide sufficient bearing capacity for the roof construction, the positioning of the Electra points (sockets) has taken place and the pipes leading to it are in the walls processed.
After the walls and ring beam have dried sufficiently, a partly concrete and partly wooden roof construction has been installed, the concrete part will later serve as a roof terrace. A wall of more than 1 meter has been built around the ring beam, this will later serve as a roof terrace edge.
During weeks 8 and 9 a lot of work has been done: the wooden roof part has undergone a special coating with a 10-year watertight warranty, the interior ceilings have been installed, the wiring for the electrical installation has been installed and the connections for the LED ceiling lighting is prepared.
In these weeks, work was mainly done on plastering the inner and outer walls. To get the walls completely smooth, it is done in several phases.
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