Our Viewpoint on Basement Options
Remember: the right basement is the one you are comfortable with!
Poured Wall Foundation
Poured wall foundations are the most commonly used in new construction at this time. They are strong, quick to install, cost effective, and have good resale value.
Block foundations are sometimes the way to go if the building is not completely raised off the existing foundation. Block walls have good resale value.
Insulated Concrete Forms
We have less experience with ICF Walls. With the experience that we do have everything has worked out fine. Depending on the job, the home may need to be raised higher to accommodate installing the cement.
Permanent Wood Foundations
We have built several PWF over the years and have had 100% success with happy home owners, no problems and no call backs. The reason it works so well is because we take the time to engineer the drainage properly and only use quality framing materials and process. The end results are a dry and comfortable basement that is easy to insulate and finish.
PWF work well under existing homes as well as new construction. The PWF should have some type cladding on the exterior above grade or exterior finish we have tried four types of cladding and had good success.
The down side of a PWF is the resale value. They do sell though it is probably the best value for someone who plans to stay and finish the basement.
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