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We have been hired to build a 2100 SQF custom home in Sagle, ID. Construction will be stick frame with trusses and a BCI framed subfloor over a crawlspace. We will be using 1 1/8" T&G plywood for the subfloor since the homeowner is installing 1 1/2" of Gypcrete for an in-floor hydronic heat system. Because of the weight of the Gypcrete, we use larger BCI's 16" on center and 1 1/8" plywood to retain excellent floor stiffness.

The home site is the flattest we have worked on, with an original grade difference of only 8" over 70 feet. Soil conditions are also interesting - there is about 12" of good quality topsoil, and then below that is pure sand. In the entire excavation, we have not seen one rock - very unusual for North Idaho. Quite a few trees needed to be cleared for the building pad, so we hired an excavating subcontractor to use an excavator with a thumb to make quick work of the site clearing:

Excavator digs foundation

Excavator clears trees