On a flat lot, footings can be oriented with precision using batter boards, string and a water level.
Synopsis: The author explains the process of laying out a foundation with string lines and batter boards. The house is a simple rectangle, but the principles are universal. Clear illustrations help.
Driving that first stake is always exciting. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been designing and dreaming about the house for years, or you’re beginning the first day of actual work on what you hope will be a profitable contract. Laying out the site in preparation for foundation work is your first chance to visualize the house full scale in its setting. The accuracy of your layout and the foundation it defines will also determine how much you will have to struggle to make your house tight and square.
Unless you are building on a sloped site, all you will need to do the job right is a 100-ft. tape measure, a water level, a ball of…