Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Foundations" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Foundations" tag posts Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:45:48 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Foundations" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Foundations" tag posts <![CDATA[Small House- Dynamic Space]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:10:38 -0500 Small House- Dynamic Space Posted by KenGutmaker
This small home packs a dramatic punch. ]]>
<![CDATA[Board Formed Architectural Concrete ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:43:41 -0500 Board Formed Architectural Concrete Posted by Matt Risinger
Architects love board formed concrete, but it's a tricky process and requires a careful craftsman to ensure it looks good. See this video and pictures of a house I'm building where we used Board Formed Concrete for foundation and house walls extensively. ]]>
<![CDATA[At the bottom of the Secret Stairs...]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:23:04 -0500 At the bottom of the Secret Stairs... Posted by KenGutmaker
Hidden underneath this homes living room, an entire apartment awaits ]]>
<![CDATA[A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon.]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:48:02 -0500 A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon. Posted by KenGutmaker
The layout of this home brings the best elements of the outdoors inside. And creates a cozy retreat. A creative floor-plan makes for amazing spaces ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Insulate a Slab Foundation]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:35:58 -0500 How to Insulate a Slab Foundation Posted by Matt Risinger
Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work]]> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:10:00 -0500 Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work Posted by Olitch
To replace rotted mudsills or foundation sections you must transfer loads to shoring. Start by noting which way floor joists run. ]]>
<![CDATA[I Need a What in my Crawlspace?]]> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:17:07 -0500 I Need a What in my Crawlspace? Posted by ScottG
As he makes plans for an addition to his Connecticut house, RickGreg has been told by the local building department he must install a fan in the insulated, unvented crawlspace. Does this mysterious edict make any sense? ]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting into a Concrete Floor]]> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:09:09 -0500 Cutting into a Concrete Floor Posted by Olitch
Cutting concrete is noisy, dirty, and dangerous; and the tools are heavy and unpredictable. In short, it's a job you may want to sub out. ]]>
<![CDATA[Replacing a Wooden Girder with a Steel I-Beam]]> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Replacing a Wooden Girder with a Steel I-Beam Posted by Olitch
Steel I-beams are stronger than comparably sized engineered wood ones. Need a beam that can support a garage above, yet hide in a ceiling below? Choose steel. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:20:00 -0500 Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete Posted by Olitch
Getting the correct mix and the right amount of concrete isn't hard if you master a little of the lingo and use a quick-calc chart. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tattletale Cracks]]> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:49:37 -0500 Tattletale Cracks Posted by Olitch
In some cases, the handwriting is literally on the wall. But what is it trying to tell you? ]]>
<![CDATA[All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:41:36 -0500 All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction Posted by CelticCustoms
All ICF exterior walls, 3 stories! 10,000 heated sq. ft., six car garage, indoor shooting range! Custom wood windows with 12" jams, ZO6 glass. Hers rating of 52!  ]]>
<![CDATA[What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:14:50 -0500 What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade? Posted by ScottG
A 74-year-old planning a new home in North Carolina ponders the relative advantages of a crawl space and a slab. ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:02:53 -0500 How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel Posted by Matt Risinger
Stainless Steel, what builder doesn't love using SS? Check out this video on how to use SS Termite Barriers for a lifetime of protection for Slab Foundations. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:26:59 -0500 Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations Posted by FHBdotcom
Learn reliable, time-saving techniques for getting your deck or shed project on level, solid ground in these free video episodes on building pier and block foundations ]]>
<![CDATA[Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:56:23 -0500 Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations Posted by Matt Risinger
In the South there are two main foundation types. Concrete Piers with Wooden beams that elevate the house above the ground, and concrete slab foundations that sit on the ground. In this video I'm discussion the merits of these two options with Building Science expert Mark LaLiberte. ]]>
<![CDATA[concrete vibrator]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:40:33 -0500 concrete vibrator Posted by Noecom
This tool uses any 3/8" (chuck) drill and a length of rebar #3 or #4. Cut rebar to comfortable length allowing insertion to the full depth of the form or trench. Put a little wiggle in one... ]]>
<![CDATA[Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:20:47 -0500 Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp Posted by TheTimberTailor
With the challenges of setbacks, easements, drainage planning, and other code compliance issues, it's important to get the location for a structure properly on the lot. Google's free 3-D modeling software has some features that make drawing a plot plan a snap. ]]>
<![CDATA[Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:18:20 -0500 Russia's First Posted by FHB_Building_News
A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance ]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Porch Retreat]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:57:47 -0500 Mountain Porch Retreat Posted by WarthConstruction
Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection... ]]>