An Energy-Smart Foundation in Two Days
A compacted gravel footing is the only prep work required, and you don't have to wait for the weather.
Synopsis: Saving time on a building project often means saving money, too. North Carolina builder Tim Robinson saves both when he can by starting a project with insulated, precast concrete foundation walls. The panelized system Robinson uses is insulated with R-12.5 foam and has steel studs with holes punched for wiring and plumbing. Once a gravel footing has been compacted and leveled, the foundation walls can be dropped in place. This type of foundation system often can be set up in only two days: one day for prep work and one day for setting the walls.
Magazine Extra: Associate editor Daniel S. Morrison explains how to level compacted gravel footings for precast foundation walls.
We all know that time is money. That’s why waiting for the footings and foundation to go in can be one of the most frustrating aspects of any home-building project. Trying to get a house out…