Start With a Steel Deck
Atop the foundation of steel and concrete is a metal pan deck supporting a 4-in. poured-concrete slab.
To accommodate the sloping lot, the Fine Homebuilding House is grounded by a small central foundation and appears to balance on a series of columns and retaining walls as it stretches to the east and west. Atop the foundation of steel and concrete is a metal pan deck supporting a 4-in. poured-concrete slab, a detail right out of a commercial-building playbook.
The mechanical pit is a traditionally formed and poured concrete foundation—with lots of rebar to meet seismic requirements. Perimeter stem walls on two sides and a few piers are poured to carry the steel.
W10x22 steel beams span from the foundation to the perimeter stem walls, ready to support the elevated platform for the house.
The steel pan deck and rebar grid provide the base for the concrete and the pour proceeds like that for a slab-on-grade foundation.