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Site Work and Foundations

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A Fast Foundation for an Addition A Fast Foundation for an Addition Online Membership Required

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

Q & A: Frost vs. pier foundation

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

The Greenest House in America?Online Membership Required

Although it's healthful, low maintenance, and easy on the environment, this Texas home is also lots of fun to live in

A Firm Foundation for a Backyard Shed
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A Firm Foundation for a Backyard Shed

Carpenter Joseph Truini offers construction details for four types of basic, on-grade foundations suitable for backyard buildings

Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House: Foundation Fundamentals
Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House: Foundation Fundamentals

Establishing a sound connection between the house, the foundation, and the earth is crucial. These foundation fundamentals can help get you started.

Q & A: Treating a crawlspace as a basement

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

Building a House of Insulated Concrete BlockOnline Membership Required

Dry-laid walls reinforced with steel and filled with concrete make a weathertight, bugproof house

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.

Q & A: Why no basements in California?

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