Standards / Site Work

Site Work


 

Coverage 1st Year Only

Workmanship and Materials 

 

1-0-1

Observation: The ground has settled around the foundation, over utility trenches, or in other areas. 

Performance Guideline: Settling of ground around foundation walls, over utility trenches, or in other filled areas shall not interfere with water drainage away from the home.

Corrective Measure: If The Bolster Contractor provided final grading, upon request by the owner, one time only The Bolster Contractor will fill areas that settle more than 6 inches and that affect proper drainage. The owner will be responsible for removal and replacement of shrubs, grass, other landscaping, pavement, sidewalks, or other improvements affected by placement of such fill. 

 

1-0-2

Observation: The site does not drain properly. Performance Guideline: The necessary grades and swales shall have been established by The Bolster Contractor to ensure proper drainage away from the home. Standing or ponding water shall not remain for extended periods in the immediate area of the house after a rain (generally no more than 24 hours), except in swales that drain other areas or in areas where sump pumps discharge. In these areas a longer period can be anticipated (generally no more than 48 hours). The possibility of standing water after an unusually heavy rainfall should be anticipated by the owner. No grading determination shall be made while frost or snow is on the ground or while the ground is saturated or before any lawn or plantings are established.

Corrective Measure: The Bolster Contractor is responsible only for initially establishing the proper grades and swales. The owner is responsible for maintaining such grades and swales once they have been properly established by The Bolster Contractor.

Discussion: Grass and other landscaping are integral components of the storm water management practice needed to minimize erosion from the site. It is the owner's responsibility to maintain such grass and other landscaping to help ensure proper functioning of the site drainage system. The owner is responsible for maintaining such grades and swales once The Bolster Contractor has properly established them. If a homeowner, their landscaper or another subcontractor changes The Bolster Contractor grades or if they create impediments to the original drainage scheme, such as walkways, patios, decks, etc., The Bolster Contractor is no longer responsible for proper drainage in the areas so affected.

 

1-0-3

Observation: The site has soil erosion.

Performance Guideline: The Bolster Contractor shall grade the disturbed areas of the property in accordance with municipal requirements. The Bolster Contractor is not responsible for soil erosion due to acts of God, or other conditions beyond The Bolster Contractor’s control.

Corrective Measure: No action required. The Bolster Contractor is not responsible for erosion due to acts of God, site alterations by the owner, lack of maintenance by the owner, or other conditions beyond The Bolster Contractor's control.

 

1-0-4

Observation: Water from a nearby or adjacent property flows onto the owner's lot.

Performance Guideline: The Bolster Contractor is responsible for providing a means of draining water (rain, melting snow or ice) that originates from the lot they are working on (1-0-2). The Bolster Contractor is not responsible for water flowing from a nearby or adjacent property that he does not own or control, onto the disturbed portions of the owner’s lot. The Bolster Contractor is obliged only to make a reasonable effort in accordance with the municipal requirements to control water flowing from another lot that he does not own or control or on which no dwelling has been erected by providing proper slopes around the newly erected dwelling.

Corrective Measure: It is The Bolster Contractor's responsibility to control water only in the area immediately surrounding a new dwelling and in the areas he has disturbed.

 

1-0-5

Observation: Existing trees, shrubs, or other vegetation are damaged in the course of construction.

Performance Guideline: The Bolster Contractor is only required to make a reasonable and cost effective effort to preserve and protect existing trees, shrubs, other vegetation and landscaping, if any, that he is trying to save. No attempted savings are guaranteed.

Corrective Measure: No The Bolster Contractor action is needed. 

 

 

This post is intended for informational purposes only and is general in nature as it does not take into account your personal renovation situation. You should really consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a licensed architect, general contractor or financial / legal adviser. Bolster gratefully acknowledges the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in developing their Residential Construction Performance Guidelines for Professional Builders & Remodelers (Third Edition). Bolster's Quality Standards are closely modeled after the NAHB Guidelines but have been adjusted for local purposes.