FOUNDATION
Family Handyman|September 2021
STRONG, STRAIGHT, SECURE
JAY CORK

We initially designed the Getaway to have a slab-on-grade foundation, but the benefits of pouring a basement changed our minds. Our walkout basement gave us dedicated room for the water heater and furnace. It also increased our living area on the main floor and will allow us even more living space when we decide to finish the basement.

We didn’t build the foundation ourselves; it took a dedicated crew with the right equipment. But the process was fascinating and we documented the important steps of this crucial phase of construction.

1 FOOTING POURED

Footings support the basement foundation and the entire house. Our crew piped concrete into forms, then placed rebar every 24 in. to strengthen the bond between the footings and the foundation.

2 FORMWORK SET

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