(SNO) – A wall house in Bruceville, Vieux-Fort, sized 34 X 33, and between 4 and 5 feet from the ground on pillars, sank yesterday, prompting calls by contractors for government to enforce stricter building codes on the island.
The owner of the house, who is overseas, hired a local man to build the house.
But according to the builder, Rudy Delice, the building sank because of the softness of the soil on which the house is being built.
“It’s not my fault the house sank…” he told this reporter.
Delice said he had recommended to the owner of the house that the foundation be back-filled, but his recommendation was not accepted because of financial constraints on the part of the owner.
According to Delice, the house, which is 50 percent complete, was built according to its plan and within the budget of its owner.
Delice said he has built a number of big houses over the years, adding that this is the first time he has had such a terrible experience.
In the meantime, he is pondering ways to correct the problem.
However, another contractor who said he has vast experience in building, told this reporter that the house sank because of its poor foundation.
A number of other contractors say such an incident will continue to happen as long as government does not enforce stricter building codes in St. Lucia.
“The government needs to get harsh on builders and the owners of houses who build houses anyhow and anywhere. Builders build houses on soil without testing it and this needs to stop…” a contractor said.