How to Build a House Foundation

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Lots of people dream about someday planning and building their dream home. Whether it's your dream home or not, building a house can be a rewarding experience and like all things, it starts with the foundation. The foundation is of utmost importance.

Things You'll Need

  • building plans
  • paint
  • batter boards
  • backhoe
  • rebar
  • concrete
  • plumbling
  • bricks
  • foundation walls
  • plastic
  • gravel
  • concrete smoother
  • Create building plans and have them approved by the local building commission. Mark the foundation layout with paint lines in the dirt. Set up batter boards for all corners.

  • Dig the foundation with a backhoe to the depth presented in the building plans. Install rebar into the foundation holes to reinforce the ground structure. Fill in the footings with concrete and allow a few days for it to dry.

  • Set up the plumbing lines that were drawn in the plans. Backfill the soil to cover the pipes. Build the foundation walls. On top of these build up with brick.

  • Use straps or bolts to anchor the sill plate to the foundation. Do this when the concrete is wet so it sets with the drying concrete.

  • Fill the inner area with gravel about six inches deep. Cover this with plastic. Pour the concrete over the plastic. Smooth the surface with a concrete smoother. Allow the concrete to set. That's it! You just built a house foundation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to have your building plans approved.
  • Hire a professional for any aspects you don't think you can complete on your own.
  • Don't skip any steps or take shortcuts because your foundation could be compromised.

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