Laying in a good Foundation is fundamental to the longevity of your house, it must be taken seriously. Did you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. Pay ’em well, to get the job done right. Regardless of what foundation you use, it is a good idea to put a french drain around your foundation to prevent water from getting into it.
The following are the Type of Foundations.
- Typical footing and stem wall construction: These are the two-third of foundations used in the small to mid-size homes in California. It is also called T-Foundation, when the forms come out the foundation looks like the inverted letter, “T”.
- Drilled shaft concrete piers and grade beam: Piers and Beam are the most common foundation used if you have a large size house or the hillside construction. It is also recommended for adobe soil that may contract and expand a lot. With deep dug piers, you get long life and a stable structure.
- Slab on grade with a turned-down edge: Slab foundation with thickened edges is usually cost-effective but has limitations. It has all the plumbing and other utilities buried under the slab, which makes the maintenance work a nightmare afterward.
- Permanent wood foundations: Permanent wood foundations are very cost-effective and fast to install. It uses treated wood to be laid down on the gravel. Great for freezing cold climates; wood being a poor conductor for heat transfer. In general, though, it is never a good idea for wood to touch the ground.
- Basement foundation: When we build a basement, the basement is a component of the foundation. It ties in with the basement slab. It is expensive because of the excessive concrete it requires, but that is what you have to do if you are building a basement.