My husband and I recently purchased a new home that was being built on a river. We quickly realized that we didn’t know much about how to build on a river. A river is an incredible source of water, but it also has quite a few challenges to overcome.
One of the most daunting challenges a river has to overcome is water. The water is denser and moves more slowly than the rivers we have used in our past. This makes things like building structures, digging trenches, and building a dock a lot more difficult.
The basic construction of a house requires a lot of effort, but there are plenty of other challenges. Here are some of the challenges we faced.
I have a feeling that some of the challenges are common to many people who are trying to build on a river, which makes this one of the most complicated challenges of all. That’s why we’re calling it “aluminum slingshot.
To build a house you have to excavate a lot of earth. Before we got to the river we needed a lot of planning work and a lot of scaffolding. So we had to plan a lot of the excavations and build a lot of scaffolding.
The plan was to build a couple of large platforms from which to build the houses. Then we would have scaffolding for the houses to slide into. The problem is what we ended up with is a lot of platforms but no scaffolding.
I know we all like to think that we can build a house out of scaffolding. But the reality is that even if you can, they’ll probably be too small to fit all your belongings in, which is why you need to plan and build a lot of scaffolding before you begin designing a house.
If you can build a house from scaffolding, then yes, you can build a house, but a lot of it will have to be pretty temporary. That’s because scaffolding is designed to be dismantled and reused, not bolted together. The best way to do this is to use a double-sided tape or some similar method and build the walls to be as strong as possible.
Yes, building scaffolding is very expensive, but you get what you pay for. You may end up with some very makeshift houses. Then you can either take these and put up some temporary construction or buy scaffolding that you can use for more permanent structures. The best way to avoid this is to hire a professional scaffolding builder.