Placing a nice new home on top of a bare block foundation is like getting all dressed up for the prom and then wearing a pair of construction boots. So I like to build my foundations out of a combination of brick and block, a common method here in North Carolina.

Blocks — or CMUs (concrete masonry units) — are economical, come in different sizes, and lay up quickly, so they're used below grade. Bricks are more expensive and take longer to install, so they're saved for above-grade work, where they'll show.

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