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By Max in CA on 10/12/2003


How big is the added expense if we build on a sloped lot and the soil is rock? We are looking at a lot which is very steep and the soil is rock. I am trying to figure out whether the lot is worth building on. The lot is in the San Francisco bay area. It's priced below market. Any pointers to the sources for more research will be appreciated. Do we have to blast the rock? Is it possible (feasible) to use a crew with jackhammers to carve out the spot for foundation?
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By Keith in Castaic, CA on 11/2/2003


Consult some graders before you buy it.
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By John in Erie, CO on 11/2/2003


It is priced below market for a reason - Get a soils truck in there where you want to put the house to see what the soil is like. If you find rock, you'll probably be paying for blasting. Out here (CO) that typically adds $15K to a house. Definitely get some experts in there, it will cost more. Also, if you have to import soil to build up a level spot., that will cost, and your foundation will probably need to be engineered, which might add some more.
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