Laying A Sure Home Foundation

Laying A Sure Home Foundation



This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.

Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan C: Starting the Foundation

Your lot has been cleared and now it is time for the most important part of the home building process — laying the foundation.

You’ve probably heard many different sayings and parables regarding making sure that your life is built on a solid foundation — Biblical writers have used these kinds of stories to convey important truths: if your life’s foundation isn’t right, you will not stand the test of life’s pressures.

Applying this particular parable to the home you will be building does the same thing: it ensures that your house construction plan will be a sound one.

Choosing The Right Foundation

All things being equal, there are three types of foundations you can choose:

  • Slab foundation — the lowest cost foundation, your home sits directly on a slab with no space between the house and the slab.
  • Crawlspace foundation — most homes with crawlspace offer approximately three feet of height between the ground and the home.
  • Basement foundation — the most costly option, a basement opens up the possibility of an additional living or storage area.

If you live in an incorporated area, your choice of foundation could be dictated by local zoning laws. Even if your home is outside of town limits, the county or state could have jurisdiction over the type of foundation you are allowed to use. Your home builder should be quite familiar with local building codes, but do some homework yourself just to be sure.

Treat The Ground First

Virtually any home, anywhere can be destroyed by termites or by carpenter ants. Therefore having the ground where the foundation is being laid treated first will offer good protection against pests. Contact a trusted pest control professional who will advise you on the best course of action to take and discuss future treatment options to take once home construction is finished.

Choosing and Pouring Cement

Before you pour the cement for your foundation, consider upgrading it with special admixtures or using wire mesh to provide extra amount of durability. Make sure that the cement is poured only when temperatures are well above freezing, preferably above 50 degrees fahrenheit at all times. Cement needs to cure (set) and cold weather as well as extremely hot weather can adversely impact the curing process.

Once your foundation is firmly in place then it is time to move on to the next step in the house construction process: framing your home. But before we do that , please make sure that you get your free, downloadable copy of our construction spec sheet and search house plans to find a home style that is right for you.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".