A solid foundation is the most important part of your home’s structure, and it is certainly a big choice when you are having a house built from the ground up. Fortunately, you have a few reliable options to choose from to fit the type of house you want. Here are the four main types of foundation that you can have for your home.
One of the most popular types of home foundation is the basement, because of the opportunity to maximize your real estate. A basement begins with a hole that is at least eight feet deep and is the size and shape of the footprint of the house. Then the basement is constructed out of concrete in the form of a base concrete slab and cinder blocks for the walls. The beams and walls should be poured before the interior concrete slab to ensure waterproofing. A properly-constructed basement gives you the opportunity to expand and add value to your home in the future.
Next a crawlspace is part of a home that is elevated approximately two feet from the ground. They are common in homes in wetter climates to help combat water accumulation. You should choose a crawlspace if you are concerned about frequent flooding. Crawlspaces that are regularly maintained and inspected will also help prevent infestations such as termites and small mice.
Similar to a basement’s construction, a concrete slab foundation is poured to create the base of the home, but then the rest of the house is built directly on top of it. They are common for warm, dry climates. The benefits of concrete slab foundations are that they are quick to install, cost-effective, and durable. Typically a concrete slab is poured thicker at the edges, at about two feet, and then about a foot deep in the middle.
Pier and Beam Foundation
Lastly, a pier and beam foundation is often part of a crawlspace. It is one of the least expensive foundation types and a popular choice for small homes. The pier and beam foundation is constructed by setting up concrete piers with wooden posts built in to support the weight of the house. This type of foundation elevates the house between one and two feet from the ground like a crawlspace in order to create room to install utilities.
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