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Foundation Type: Which one? Slab, Crawl Space or Basement?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Over the past twelve years I have repaired or built on many different home foundations.  So when it came time to build our cabin foundation I was a little surprised by how strongly I felt about one over another, and in the end surprised by the choice we ultimately ended up with.  Our choice of going with a concrete slab foundation was mostly based on building cost and maintenance.

Cost Estimate Basement vs Crawl Space vs Concrete Slab – Excel

Cost Estimate Basement vs Crawl Space vs Concrete Slab – PDF

Basement Foundations

A basement foundation would have been great for installing mechanicals (HVAC, well pump, etc.), but no bones about it, this would have been the most expensive option.  If you think about it (more…)

Drainage Tile For a Slab Foundation?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
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Basement and Forms

Now that the block is done I could start getting the concrete slab ready to pour.  I still needed to rough in the plumbing and fill the slab with gravel which will take some time, but I began to wonder about drainage tile.   When building the basement for our home six years ago, we went out of our way to ensure water stays out. But what about on a slab foundation?  After some research on the subject, I came to the conclusion it would be cheap insurance considering water and wood don’t mix well and I am building a log cabin.

Drain tile has a pretty straight forward goal of trying to keep ground water away from the building.  It is nothing more than a pipe (usually 4″ diameter) that has holes or slots cut into it that gets buried around and below the grade of the slab.   (more…)

We need to Build a Log Cabin NOW! But I need a plan.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Time really has a way of getting away from a person. Over the past few weeks our lives have come to an annual apex of sorts. School for the kids is letting out for the summer, swim lessons are starting, semester at college is ending, kids and adult church programs are ending and with each of these come the closing rituals of dinners, finals, ceremonies and field trips. No doubt time has been precious these days making it extremely difficult to focus on the cabin, but the good news is the foundation walls are done and the log package has arrived!


Blocking Up the Foundation

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Shovel a ton by hand!

I knew better than to try to put in a foundation this time of year in southern Illinois, but for some reason I thought I could beat mother nature.   But I was wrong, and am now paying the price.

No more did we get the footings dug and poured before the rain came and washed in a large amount of dirt, completely covering the new concrete footings.  Feeling bad for the block layer that was scheduled to start Monday, I spent a fair amount of time Saturday uncovering the footings.    That is AFTER I shoveled one ton of sand out of the back of my truck, to mix with the mortar.  I should of known better, because it rained Sunday afternoon and undid all my hard work.  Now with the footings wet and covered in mud again, the block layer (Maurice Taylor, of Taylor Made) had to wait until Tuesday to start.


Laying Out the Foundation

Friday, March 6th, 2009
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Down and Dirty

WOW! It sure has been a busy couple of weeks, but I finally got a second to catch my breath and write a little about what has been going on.

Cabin Staked-out, Dug, and Concrete Footings Are Poured!

A little over a week ago I was able to get the foundation all staked out and dug on the very same day. Thank goodness for good neighbors, as we dug a couple of hours past dark to get the job done in a single day. Early the next morning Carrie, my friend Lester, and I poured the concrete footings. I needed to get the concrete trucks in and out of the job site before the morning sun had a chance to thaw the ground, so at 6:30 AM the first truck arrived. Since they are just footings and I am having the foundation blocked, no fancy flat work was needed and we (more…)


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