The months that you spend building your home are months that you will spend making numerous decisions and each of these decisions have a big impact on the future of your home. As a lay person, you may not always realize which decision is the right one and therefore it is important for your o invest money in hiring a professional structural engineer to guide you through those decisions and those difficult months.
Conduct your own research
It is important for you as the home owner to be at least a little aware of what is happening during the months of building your home. You will find that your builders and your engineers will be having discussions that you do not understand in the least including words that you have never heard before and this can be quite a daunting experience. It is therefore important for you to do your own research online about everything involving house building such as the pros and cons of timber veneer flooring vs the pros and cons of concrete floors. Similarly, it would be useful for you to study the vocabulary used when building a home in order to understand some of the conversations that your builder is having with your contractor and your structural engineer.
You will find that your builder will discuss tie beams and the thickness of concrete slabs with your engineer and it would be useful for you to know the legally required thickness of a concrete slab and the thickness of a tie beam in order to make sure things are happening according to safety regulations. Making the decision between having an ideal flooring and a concrete floor will be just one of the important decisions that you will need to make during this time.
It is vital that you keep in mind that any decision that you make today will affect your home in the future and therefore it is important that you seek sufficient advice from professionals in the field before you have made a decision. You will find that if your builders have not done things according to the minimum legal regulations, you house could end up cracking in the future and by this time, you will no longer have contact with your builders causing you to spend a massive amount of money on rebuilding your home again. Another thing you will need to keep in mind is that sometimes in certain areas, the minimum legal requirement of thickness will not be enough based on the environment and only a professional will be able to give you this advice.