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Upward Expansion Video: Upward Expansion Online Membership Required

Adding a third floor doesn't always mean on top of the second story

A Fast Foundation for an AdditionOnline Membership Required

Thanks to interlocking foam forms, you can form, pour, and insulate any small foundation in a single day

Mudsills: Where the Framing Meets the FoundationOnline Membership Required

Even if the foundation is not square or level, getting the mudsills right will get you back on track

Q & A: Adding on to a stone foundation

An Addition FoundationOnline Membership Required

Grafting the right foundation onto a house that's neither square nor level

Keeping a Basement Dry
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Keeping a Basement Dry

Waterproofing the foundation walls is only the first step; you also need a system of drains around the foundation that silt won't render useless

Working With RebarOnline Membership Required

The bones beneath concrete's muscle, rebar has to be cut, bent and tied properly to do its job

Insulated Concrete FormsOnline Membership Required

Assembled with regular building skills, ICFs form airtight, insulating concrete walls that finish with standard materials

Forming and Pouring Foundations
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Forming and Pouring FoundationsOnline Membership Required

They hold up the house, hold back the earth and keep out the water. If they're not level and square, you may end up custom-cutting every rafter.

Forming and Pouring Footings
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Forming and Pouring FootingsOnline Membership Required

Fill up a trench with concrete -- what's to know? If a house is going to stand on those little sidewalks, they'd better be straight, level and correctly placed.

Details for a Dry Foundation
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Details for a Dry Foundation

Think of the ground around the house as the roof that keeps the foundation dry

Laying up Concrete BlockOnline Membership Required

Get evenly spaced courses and consistent mortar joints by using the proper layout, mortar consistency and troweling techniques

Frost-Protected Shallow FoundationsOnline Membership Required

Used overseas successfully for decades, this innovative foundation system uses carefully placed insulation and a slab with integral footings instead of conventional deep frost walls

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