House Foundation (cont., pg. 4)

 

Monolithic Concrete Slab

The “monolithic” or “turndown” slab is an increasingly common choice for house foundations.

 

This type of slab is one in which the footings and the floor of the house form a continuous, unified concrete foundation.


For most houses, the entire pour of concrete ─ footings and floor ─ is done in one day.


The monolithic slab is the least expensive type of foundation you can build ─ as long as expensive site preparation is not involved.

Monolithic slab awaiting rough-in of plumbing.The monolithic slab is also the easiest and quickest to complete. You can hire one subcontractor to do it all ─ layout, digging, framing, and pouring.

 

 

Ready for plumbing inspection. 

 

 

 

 

 

Trench dug out of the stone base

This trench dug out of the stone base increases the depth of the concrete.
 
This serves as an interior footing, better known as a “grade beam.”
 
A framed interior wall which will carry extra weight (load-bearing) will rest directly on top of this grade beam.

 

 

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