We constructed an addition on the side of our house. The construction is
wood framing with exterior siding. The foundation wasn't poured high
enough, and when the builder levelled the soil it was touching the bottom
row of siding, and the yard was basically flat. The ground soil next to the
addition was never tamped. The adjacent property slopes toward ours.
I was told by several people that you want several inches of exposed
foundation between the soil and the siding. I rented a machine and cleared
the soil away from the siding, and now I'm concerned about drawing more
water towards the foundation. I'm wondering what the best course of action
is. I've considered doing the following:
1) Build up the soil back to the point where the siding begins to have a
more level yard, even though the soil will meet the siding.
2) Put in an earthen berm near the house, about 12-18 from the wall, and
plant bushes. This would create a minor slope towards the house but also
(hopefully) create a barrier against the water coming down from my
neighbor's property. Maybe the bushes would soak up some extra water too.
3) Hire someone to remove a foot of siding, replace it with something strong
and waterproof, and maybe put in a retaining wall for aesthetics.
The builder abandoned the job towards the end, so I'm kinda on my own for
this. I'm in Illinois, north of Chicago. TIA for any help or opinions