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I agree.  A lot of the soils in the Berkeley hills are unstable.  I used to do surveying in the Berkeley and Oakland hills and the monuments were never in the same location when we surveyed the same area a year later (earthquakes didn't help).

Some of the hillside foundations we designed in the Oakland hills had to use subsurface grade beams to stabilize the soils.

Good Luck.

Bob Garner, S.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Moore [mailto:nma(--nospam--at)nma-se.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 10:02 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: hillside construction costs

Start off with getting a soil report.   My experience is that the 
foundation may cost as much as the house.


Neil Moore, PE, SE, SECB



On 2/11/2011 9:55 AM, David Topete wrote:
> Can anyone help me out with some general (overall) construction costs 
> for wood frame structures on a hillside.  A client is asking for an 
> "order of magnitude" cost estimate for an existing 1+ story wood 
> building to (1) raze and rebuild, or (2) rehab.
>
> This is in the SF bay area (Berkeley) with a total habitable area of 
> about 2,400 sq. ft. with a wrap-around deck of about 1,000 sq. ft. 
>  This is a park clubhouse, and not a residence, if that would make any 
> difference.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> -- 
> David Topete, SE


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