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The methods for residential construction are fairly consistent over the last few decades; however, variations are available on the materials and expertise of the workers.
In a Great Courses video that we watched for class, we learned that most houses have the foundation dug into the ground several feet, which is then poured in place. In this youtube video, the foundation for the house consists of several pylons that were dug. Both foundations were poured in place, but the Great Courses example was a much larger. The reason for this is probably because the structure built by the Auburn students is much smaller.
As far as the superstructure is concerned, both examples used light wood framing. This was because it is a quick and efficient method. Additionally, both examples utilized prefabricated roof trusses.
There is a residential construction project going on in my backyard, which fits nicely with the videos. In this project, the foundation was dug and poured, as well as pylons for a couple of columns to support a steel beam. The level below the house, though was not filled in or cemented over – it is a dirt crawl space. The remainder of the construction was fairly consistent with the two videos. The main difference is the time – the workers here in Golden seem to be in no rush to finish the project…