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Chapter 2 Foundation – Building a Custom Home in North Carolina

Chapter 2 Foundation – Building a Custom Home in North Carolina


Finally, after months after seemingly
years and years of planning and all the sweat and tears to get to this point
we’re out of the ground there’s actually something happening that you can see
it’s great! The first part is the footing. It’s a little hard to see, I’m standing on it, got my hand on it it’s it’s a basically a concrete trench,
laid out by our surveyors filled with structural steel that means our
engineering requirements, inspected very carefully for location and size and then
filled with concrete. It’s incredibly important to get this thing accurately put
in the ground and do it right because it holds the whole house. It’s a very very important part of the house. Once the footings are poured, the next
step is for the Masons to come out and set the concrete block. Concrete block is
is laid out on top of the footings surveyed by our surveyors and that’s a
process called pinning very very accurately lays out the the size of the
foundation on the on the footing that’s incredibly important obviously because the foundation has gotta match the framing above But it’s basically a
concrete block set in mortar and then laid in an offset pattern like this for strength
to the wall. It’s all about layout it’s all about getting the line straight
getting everything level. The foundation block also is what holds the anchor bolts. These anchor bolts are
set by the Mason and they hold the framing down to the foundation. You can
see in the background there’s lots of what are called Piers. These concrete posts are there to hold the framing of the house and to provide bearing for
everything that goes on top The next step after the foundation block is completed is for the exterior to be waterproofed. The waterproofing is two parts. It’s the black tar you can see here and then it’s a foundation drain which is below
and hopefully you can see it in the film, but it’s a six-inch what’s called ribbon
drain that follows and sits right on top of the footing and at the bottom of the block
wall. When the dirt is backfilled up against this foundation, it’ll go up somewhere in this range, but this’ll keep any moisture from the outside any water any moisture
in the soil from penetrating the block and if any water does accumulate around the base of the foundation, this ribbon drain foundation drain will pick it up and carry it
basically pipe it all the way to a low spot in the foundation and then out to
the backyard. Very important to get water away from the house it’s not very sexy but it’s really important

Comments (2)

  1. Things are sure done differently in NC than IL. The utilization of block as a foundation would be discourage and thought of as a contractor who is cutting corners in IL. I'm shocked at the beautiful homes in and around the Lake Norman/Charlotte area who have vented/block crawlspaces. I don't think I could build like that. Thank you for the video series.

  2. Why not pour the walls ? You guys use blocks to save money?

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