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Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home – From The Ground Up

November 19, 2015

foundation CollageThe Foundation

A proper foundation does more than just hold a house above ground. It also keeps out moisture, insulates against the cold, and resists movement of the earth around it. Oh, and one more thing: It should last forever.  A good foundation requires a lot more than digging a hole and pouring some concrete into forms. It must be tailored to its site like a custom suit, taking into account soil conditions, water tables, even the quality of the backfill.



Foundation Facts

  • The weight of an average house: 50 tons
  • Foundations by material: 81% poured, 16% block, 3% other
  • Foundations by region: Northeast 89% full basement;
    Midwest 75% full basement;South 66% slab; West 63% slab

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