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Why we used Diamond Pier Footings for our pool house foundation

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Today I’m sharing why we used Diamond Pier Footings for our pool house foundation. I had no idea what the Diamond Pier foundation system was before this pool house project but I quickly learned that they are time savers for sure when doing a foundation!

If you missed the post from a couple weeks ago about our new pool house with bar project, you can see that post here. 

Diamond Pier is a foundation system that provides structural support when building small structures, decks, porches, sidewalks, walkways ect. and requires no digging. 

The best part, the Diamond Pier foundation system is code compliant in our area (you would need to check your building code requirements in your area).Diamond Pier Footing with 6x6 lumber anchored to footing

I should also mention that this is not a sponsored post and I’m not working for Diamond Pier. We were just really impressed with the product and how easy the installation was.

Diamond Pier Footings 

Jim ended up using the Diamond Pier footings for clients sunroom addition as well.  He couldn’t dig a traditional foundation because of the ledge on the property so this system worked great. 

When I first saw this system I was like, “it looks like an alien?”

I couldn’t wrap my head around how this cement block and metal pins/rods were going to serve as footings for our new pool house building.

Make sure you watch the video I made so you can see exactly how they work. They are very cool!

Here is the cement block base below that sits in the hole.

diamond pier cement block footing in ground

The metal pins go in the holes.

diamond pier cement block footing in ground with metal pins

The best part about this foundation system is no digging! 

How much does Diamond Pier Cost?

Each footing was about $186. The footings themselves are a little pricey but the amount money you save on labor, machine rental and the overall time it takes to dig by hand is a huge money saver. 

diamond pier cement block footing in ground with metal pins

You will also need to rent a jack hammer (you can see the jack hammer above in picture) with a special attachment that allows you to drive/drill  the foundation pins into the ground quickly and easily.

We rented the jack hammer from our local hardware store for 1 day which was a little under $100. 

pool house addition with diamond pier footings

We had 11 footings to install so using the Diamond Pier footings was a huge time saver. It literally took only a few minutes to install each footing. 

Related: Why we used Diamond Pier Footings for our pool house foundation + pool house bar plans

diamond pier footing with decking floor attached

Where to buy Diamond Pier Footings?

We bought our footings from a local supplier in central Massachusetts. You can use their store locator to find one in your area. 

pool house with bar addition flooring deck 2x10 installed

You can see below the floor framing posted down onto the footings with 6×6 lumber anchored to the footing with Simpson post connector.

Diamond Pier Footing with 6x6 lumber anchored to footing

Related: You can see our patio makeover that is adjacent to our pool area here. 

There are several reasons why we used Diamond Pier Footings for our pool house foundation but the biggest one was the time savings. In one afternoon, Jim and his crew were able to install 11 footings and the mess was minimal. That’s a huge win! Stay tuned for the pool house fully framed and the completed roof next week. 

 

 

 

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