Pier foundation – how much space would the plumber, HVAC people prefer?
We will be building a house for my brother in Upstate SC next year. We are currently in the design phase and having a disagreement on where to put the downstairs kitchen and bathroom with the plumbing lines.
I am thinking along the lines of what makes the house the most resilient and easiest to repair and who knows what he is thinking. The house will be on a pier foundation because it is near a flood zone. The land is sloped so that the piers at the driveway side will allow a crawl space of 3 feet or so and probably 6 feet at the other end near the pond and the flood zone.
My thinking is that to have to most access to the plumbing lines, etc. It will be easier to work at the 6 ft end rather than crawl under a house at the 3 ft end. As I have never done any major plumbing (only glued together PVC for one washing machine drainpipe), I don’t know what a plumber would prefer. If it doesn’t matter really, that doesn’t help me win the argument but it would be good to know.
I trust you guys, that is why I am posting here even though the question is only peripherally involved with green building. Thank you. Lucy
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