Laying The Foundations For Future Projects: Is It Worth It?

If you are like a lot of homeowners, you look at your property and think to yourself, "This is part of the five- or six-year plan." Of those projects that generally fall within this future plan of action are those involving concrete. However, you might reason that since you are hiring a concrete contractor for one smaller project, like pouring a driveway, you might just have the contractor pour the rest of the concrete for future projects. Would it be worth it to do things this way, or would it be pointless? Based on the following information, you decide. 

If You Absolutely Know How Big Your Other Projects Will Be, Go For It

The one major drawback to pouring concrete for future projects is that your plans could change. The new garage you want to construct may be bigger or smaller than the concrete slab you ask the contractor to pour, or the she-shed or granny pod you build needs other amenities that will have to be installed through holes in the slab. However, if you are dead certain that you know exactly where you will construct these other structures, and you know exactly how big they will be, then it is rather convenient to have the contractor pour the foundation slabs for these future projects now. 

If You Can Afford the Extra Labor Costs and Supplies, Do It

Pouring extra slabs of concrete is neither here nor there for your contractor. It just depends on whether or not you are willing to pay for the extra materials and labor costs. If you have the money to pour the slabs now (in addition to your driveway project), it makes perfect sense to cross part of a future project and its related expense off your list. Otherwise, any extra money you have you could put toward another smaller project of a different sort. 

The Biggest Part of Future Project Costs Is in the Foundation

No joke: wood is fairly cheap, and you could even build a basic, four-walled structure yourself. However, concrete is an art. It takes a bit of experience to mix the recipe right, and get it to pour in a way that it stays malleable just long enough to spread it even and flat inside a trayed area. It is the biggest expense of any project because it takes the longest to do and requires the most skill. 

For more information, speak with a concrete contractor in your area today.