An unfinished basement is a popular foundation due to the added functionality it brings to a home. The basement can be used as storage space, finished off for living areas (depending on location), or both. The basement foundation combines elements of both a slab and crawlspace foundation. The floor in a basement is basically a concrete slab, and the engineered floor truss system is basically the same that a crawlspace uses. The foundational wall system is built as either an 8” concrete block or poured in place concrete. Please refer to your contractor and/or local building official to determine the best solution for your site and the governing building codes. Basement foundations can be found all over the country, but areas with high water tables or unsettled soil may preclude you from building a basement due to potential flooding or cracking in the foundation walls.
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