Construction Process – Foundation

June-4-3

Foundation, it’s another word for stability, it’s the solid base on which everything else is built. A solid foundation equals a solid home. Your site preparation work has been done, the foundation points have been staked according to the plot plan, now it’s time to break ground and build the foundation of your new home!

There are various types of foundations available. Lockridge generally builds on a crawl space or basement foundation in compliance with regional codes, and both of require some excavation or breaking ground. This is exciting stuff!

The length of time it will take to build your foundation depends on the type of construction and weather. Remember, concrete and brick need dry conditions to set and cure properly. Your foundation probably needs footers – these are the first part of the foundation poured and their purpose is to spread out the weight of your house across a larger footprint than if your foundation were in direct contact with the earth. If you calculated the total weight of your completed house, plus everything in it, I’m positive you’d be amazed by the total tonnage. Interior furnishings in an average home can weigh tens of thousands of pounds! Add that to the many tons of building materials and you end up with an enormous concentrated load, so you just might need footers. Don’t worry, our Lockridge floor plans already have them drawn in, there’s no guess-work here. In our basement and crawl pace foundations, anchor bolts are installed at the top of all the foundation walls. Anchor bolts are embedded at engineered points on top of your foundation walls and will secure the framing lumber to the foundation. If you’ve chosen to have a brick exterior, a brick ledge will be a part of the foundation, it’s offset and steps back to allow easy installation of brick.

Our basements get waterproofing applied to the outside walls to seal out ground water and may also have insulation applied, depending on local building codes. Once the foundation inspection is complete, we will backfill any spaces in preparation for framing to begin!

During the next phase of construction your home will begin to take shape above ground! Stay tuned for framing in the next blog post.

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.

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