Pontoon Jetty Builders

The waterfront consists of the interface between the land and the water body like the lakeside, riverside, or shoreline. Over the years, the waterfront has become the target point for urban real estate projects. The shoreline in the ocean, lake, and the river environment defines the waterfront structures and its development both in economic and efficiency terms requires the vast experience of a geotechnical engineer with knowledge used in developing a waterfront system.

Waterfront construction is the development of a deck, dock, or home directly in front of a water body (lake, river, ocean). This type of construction is usually on the high side in terms of the price.

While developing the waterfront, it is expedient to select the right type of dock of the property that would suit the local environment. There are two types of docks; Floating and Stationary.

Stationary Dock

This type of dock is developed as an extension of the house where the posts holding it down in the water is buried deep into the soil. The dock is usually designed to avoid movement even when the water is turbulent. The dock is reinforced against tensions and collisions. The stationary dock is best suited for a place where the water level is constant.

Advantages of a stationary dock

  • When there is high traffic of people, the dock is able to withstand the movement and watercraft activity.
  • They provide a sturdy footing while boarding and getting off the boat.

Disadvantages of a stationary dock

  • For the cases with repairs, this can be difficult and expensive to fix since the pillars are deep into the water.
  • Problems with breaking or curving are almost a definite occurrence.
  • Rapid changes in the water tides can make it difficult to enter or arrive the boat safely.


Floating Dock

As the name implies, this type of dock literally floats on the water surface, but they have been either attached to an existing structure or left anchored on the water.


Advantages of floating dock

  • The setup and maintenance do not cost much when compared with stationary dock.
  • Due to its setup model, the same floating dock can be used in different sites.

Disadvantages of floating dock

  • They are not suitable for places with high water traffic.
  • Since dock follows the ebb and flow of water, walking on it might not be comfortable.


Difference between pontoon and jetty

While these two waterfronts construction might look alike, there are distinctions that set them apart, lying beneath the water surface.

Pontoon is a floating structure but fixed at a specific place. It consists of a walkway, stainless steel cable kit, and aluminium strut arm. The several methods for fixing include the following:

  • Piled pontoons: this is when a pontoon is fitted using two piles. But in the case of a heavier or larger pontoon, more piles will be required.
  • PVC in-situ piles: this is constructed using a hollow PVC pipe filled with concrete in the seabed.
  • Spun concrete piles: this is constructed using stronger pile than in-situ, which is more expensive.

Jetty is waterfront construction fixed in a specific place which never affected by the current of the water. It is constructed with timber, making the cost of maintaining can be a big issue as water and timber are not a good collaboration.

However, pontoons and jetty offer excellent benefits for those interested in enjoying the waterfront lifestyle, using the platform for fishing, launching a jet ski or a boat, or just watching the waterside.

Hire the leading pontoon jetty builders to build the right type of dock that will serve your particular purpose.


Tight Access Excavations

Tight access excavation refers to excavations which take in place in areas where access is narrower when compared to open access areas. In high density living areas there is lays a dearth of space for homes. This lack of space has led to home owners making the most of the space they have been provided. Due to this very reason excavations of tight spaces is now pretty common. The excavation may refer to all of the following instances:

  • Excavations in the back yard
  • Clear outs and demolitions ensuring that no harm is caused to the neighbouring properties
  • Levelling while ensuring wall retention

These are just a few instance of tight access excavations. There are also other situations which might arise. For such excavations special kinds of tools and machineries are used.

These tools would include

  • Mini excavators
  • Rock breaking equipment
  • Demolition equipment
  • Re shaping equipment

Retaining walls in tight access areas

Retaining walls is a practical consideration when there is any form of excavation going on, on the property. In case the ground is sloped or uneven, it would be required to level out the space without causing damage to the surrounding walls or structures. This is considered as a tight access space. Working in this confined space requires specialized tools and excavators.

Retaining a wall has quite a number of benefits. These include the following;

  • It helps prevent erosion from occurring
  • Helps to stabilise the soil
  • Help get rid of access water with the help of drainage techniques

What exactly is excavation?

Excavators are used to create space. Let’s assume that a client owns an open space, which however cat be put to good use. In such an instance there could be a number of reasons for this. It could either be due to the presence of additional structures. The removal of these structures allows for the space to be utilised in the right manner.

At certain times when a bull dozer and a regular excavator would suffice, the job is done without a great deal of hassle. However, there are spaces which might be called tight access due to lack of space. In such a situation different kind of tools are used. This is because care has to be taken that a structure or an obstacle is taken down without causing damage to another part of a property.

While excavation is definitely not limited to an open space, it might be even carried out in closed spaces. One such example is striping off an office space. This would include ripping off fixtures, breaking down walls to create extra space and creating an office layout which would suffice.

When hiring tight access excavation services, make sure you hire the ones which are experts in carrying out such procedures. You don’t want to be left with a situation where the excavation comes at the cost of ruining the aesthetics of the space that you own. It’s a process which is pretty intricate and requires specialised tools and experience.

How to build a house from A to Z: All the steps

This guide details all the different stages of the construction of a house, and wants to be as clear and practical as possible.

It concerns individuals who wish to build a house by managing their own project from A to Z. The guide does not concern individuals who use a builder of houses, or who build self-build.

Like our series on seismic construction , this guide will be written one article per week, the link will be updated in the summary below. You can click on ‘Notifications’ to be alerted during these updates.

How to build a house – Phase 1: Fit the project

  • Evaluate your borrowing capacity
  • Define your expectations: Draw approximately the plans of your house
  • Roughly calculate the cost of building your house
  • Search and purchase of land

How to build a house – Phase 2: Design

  • Choose an architect or an architect
  • Choose your building material: Comparative visual guide (blocks, wood, bricks, straw, earth)
  • Realize the building permit file and submit it
  • To call on a geotechnician to carry out the G12 soil study
  • Appoint a Technical Studies Office to carry out the construction plans for your house
  • Choose a building control office and have your plans validated
  • Evaluate in detail the cost of building your house
  • Write and validate your specifications
  • Request quotes and choose your construction company
  • Memo: checklist to avoid problems before starting the construction of your house

How to build a house – Phase 3: The Works

  • The meeting of start of construction
  • The role of the Client in the construction of a house
  • The foundations of individual houses
  • The low slab
  • The walls
  • Tiling, parquet and other floor coverings
  • insulation
  • Wood Framing: 9 Errors to Avoid
  • The cover
  • The exterior joinery
  • The Exterior cladding timber façade hard
  • Paint and other siding
  • Talus, VRD, and  retaining walls
  • How to build an ecological house (see these 12 tips already )
  • Payment of construction companies to the progress of construction
  • Handing over the keys: The role of the reserves and the reception of the works
  • The year called perfect completion


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How to build a house: The Works

Foundations: Foundations are made by masons who install reinforcing reinforcement and concrete clean in the trenches.

The basement : these are the first bricks or blocks that are laid and will be under the ground. this basement can be a basement, a crawl space or a hedgehog (the ground floor then rests directly on the foundations).

The floor is then manufactured starting with the laying of concrete beams on the bricks. The slabs are then placed on the edges of the beams. The metal mesh is then laid and a concrete slab is poured.

The walls: it depends on the type of materials (cinder block, brick, monomur, cellular concrete, …). Everything is fixed with mortar glue. The lintels are placed above the openings.

In case of floor, other beams can be laid (concrete slab) or it can be elements of wood (wood floor)

Work begins approximately 6 months after the signing of the construction contract if you go through a builder. Such a delay is due in particular to the time required to file the building permit and the period of possible third-party appeal against this permit. This period lasts 2 months.

The construction phase of your home will vary from 5 to 15 months depending on the size of your home, its complexity and its environment

A rectangle house of 80m2 in the countryside will be built in a short time whereas a contemporary house of 150m2 floor with adaptations to the ground in dense urban environment will probably take more than 12 months. The construction phase passes through the following steps:

Big work

  • The Meeting starts worksite with the work supervisor. This also involves the development with your builder, phase that validates certain points, equipment and options.
  • The earthwork that consists of leveling the soil so that the house can rest on a solid foundation.
  • Then it is the excavation which consists in digging the site of the future house as well as the trenches used for the connections to the local networks (water, electricity, etc.). The depth of the excavation depends on the type of foundation (crawl space, single storey, ..) and the nature of the soil.
    • Roofing: the laying depends on the nature of the roof (2 OR 4 PANS, flat roof). The most classic roof, in 2 sections, goes through the creation of the gables.
    • The frame: the first beams are the sandpit faults which are fixed against the horizontal walls. Then the blackout is placed at the top of the frame, parallel to the sand pit faults. The gables are then trimmed with wooden boxes. We then fix the rafters (thin vertical beams) then install battens. The roofing screen can be fixed at this time.
    • Laying tiles (concrete, terracotta, slate, shingles …)
    • Laying roofs (top of the roof), hips (along the projecting angles), valleys (re-entrant angles), bays for ventilation and banks (roof edges). The house is then out of water
    • Laying joinery (doors and windows) so that the house evening out of the air.

    Once this structural part is finished, we go to the second work

Second work

The second work corresponds to the installation phase of all the equipment of the house and the finishes. It can sometimes be longer than the carcass phase depending on the finishes desired.

  • Installation of water and electricity circuits, more and more by the installation of hydraulic and electric octopus.
  • Installation of the inner or outer insulation
  • Laying interior partitions
  • Laying flooring
  • Laying of sanitary
  • Paint, plaster and other siding
  • Talus, VRD, and retaining walls
  • Airtightness test and compliance with thermal standards.

Then comes the handing over of the keys.

Note that you will have meetings of building sites at several stages. If you signed with a builder, you can have a meeting before each invoice, as these are defined by law

  • 15% at the opening of the site,
  • 25% upon completion of foundations
  • 40% at the completion of the walls
  • 60% out of water
  • 75% at the completion of the bulkheads and the shutdown
  • 95% upon completion of equipment, plumbing, carpentry and heating.
  • 5% at the reception,