We get asked, “Why don’t more builders build homes without steps like you do?”

Because it is hard.  Let me explain.

Last article we discussed the site planning and excavation of the land to make lots to help minimize steps. This week we will address how we work with our house excavator and foundation company to make sure we are meeting our goal of minimizing steps.

The owners of our excavation and foundation companies and myself meet on each and every site prior to any work being done. We have a combined work experience of over 100 years in our respected fields. We combined old school techniques and new technology to help us set up the grades properly. Every

We start with pencil and paper. Then we use lasers and GPS equipment to help us establish our marks. We typically want our garage floor to be about 1’ above the front curb. Our excavator will excavate the lot based on data from our site meeting. Our foundation people will then set their forms in a way that meets our goals.

We really like to know upfront where all the finished concrete will be. We can bring in backfill material and set grades for our flatwork people at the beginning of the job.  This helps on two fronts. One we can minimize steps and two we can minimize settling and cracking of concrete.

Next article I will discuss how we minimize steps inside the home.

Our Model Home (7909 NE 78th Street—across from Crossroads Church) is open Fridays-Mondays from 10a-4p. My dad (Bert) staffs it. He is our official ‘Quail Greeter’.

If you are thinking about downsizing…. Consider Quail…. you’ve earned it!!