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Building Foundations

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    Pop Quiz

    Walter Moreau is executive director of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Austin, Texas.

     
  • Super-Insulated Slab Foundations

    Compacted drainage stone and a thick layer of foam prevent frost damage and keep the heat inside the building.

     
  • Foundation for a Problem Site

    A carefully engineered foundation and alternative septic system add value to a bargain-priced lot.

     
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    Dry Wall

    Cosella-Dörken’s three-ply Delta Footing Barrier keeps groundwater out of walls by providing a waterproof break between a building’s footing and its foundation

     
  • Pop Quiz - Walter Moreau

    Walter Moreau is executive director of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Austin, Texas.

     
  • MacArthur Foundation Awards $6 Million toHousing Research

    he critical ways that housing matters to children, families, and communities will be explored in 13 separate research projects funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

     
  • Tree Roots and Foundation Cracks

    Can the roots of a tree actually dry out the soil beneath a foundation enough to cause the concrete to crack?

     
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    Framing a 16-Sided Addition

    Accuracy in laying out and building the foundation helped keep the rest of the job on track .

     
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    Attaching Deck Ledgers to I-Joist Cantilevers

    When I-joists are cantilevered over the foundation wall rather than directly supported at the sill plate, can a deck ledger be safely attached to the engineered rim joist?

     
  • Mudsills and Out-of-Level Foundations

    Recently we contracted to do a house with precast foundation walls that were set out of level - up to 3/4 inch over 30 feet, in some places. What's the best way to shim and air-seal the mudsill?

     
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    Replacing a Stone Foundation

    The trick was holding up the roof while leaving plenty of room to work.

     
  • Foundation Returns to Green Basics

    AUSTIN, TEXAS—Contractors for Foundation Communities are getting out their caulking guns— the nonprofit plans to make 1,800 of the affordable apartments it owns and manages more energy efficient.

     
  • Installing an Egress Window in an Existing Foundation

    With the right equipment, you can cut the opening and install the well in a day.

     
  • Block Foundations for Small Additions

    If your crew has the skill and you own the right equipment, it may make sense to lay your own masonry foundations.

     
  • Are Windows Required in Basements?

    Q: We’d like to start building basements with precast concrete panels, but we’ve been running into resistance from local code officials. Are basement windows required when a house is built with a full foundation?

     
  • New Deck Footings Near an Old Foundation

    Q. Plans for a freestanding deck call for new piers about 2 feet from the house foundation. Is it necessary to dig down to the bottom of the house's footing to reach undisturbed soil, or would the dirt around the foundation of a 60-year-old house be compacted enough to be con sidered undisturbed -...

     
  • The Natural

    The defining moment of Jennifer Daughtrey Hicks' career in affordable housing happened one summer when she lived on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco.

     
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    Concrete Houses for the Coast

    Hurricane Katrina taught a valuable lesson: the only houses likely to survive the ravages of a major hurricane are made of concrete. Dave Pfanmiller, a custom-home builder in Gulfport, Miss., uses Wall Ties aluminum concrete forms to build these homes on the Gulf Coast. Pfanmiller and his friend...

     
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    A Pier-and-Beam Foundation For a Coastal Site

    Where unstable soil and periodic tidal flooding are a concern, helical piers topped with a concrete stem wall rise to the challenge.

     
  • Do Precast Foundation Walls Need Waterproofing?

    Q: Are precast concrete foundation walls subject to the same dampproofing or waterproofing requirements as cast-in-place and block foundations? I've heard that because these walls are made of a high-strength concrete that's virtually nonporous and impervious to water, they don't require extra...

     
 
 
 
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