Once you’ve mapped out exactly what you want your custom luxury home to look like, the first step in actually building it will be laying the foundation.
The kind of foundation you opt for can depend on myriad factors: the size of your house, the kind of lot you’re building on, the weather conditions your neighborhood is likely to experience and your personal lifestyle.
If you’re ready to meet with an architect but not sure what kind of foundation to ask for in your floor plan, here are some foundation types for a variety of needs.
For Cost And Time Efficiency
If you’re looking for the option that is guaranteed to be the most gentle on your time and your bank account, a simple concrete slab foundation is the way to go.
This foundation can be poured quickly, reinforced with steel bars or mesh as needed. Usually the slab is 6 inches thick or less. This could be your option in particular if you have a tight timeframe for getting a new construction house completed.
This type of foundation is particularly good for warm weather climates like Texas. Colder weather can cause the concrete to shift or crack, but that’s less likely to be a problem in the south. Plus, the air-sealed nature of this foundation automatically cuts back on the chance of mold or pest infestations.
For Maximizing Space
If you want to add a lot of square footage to your house but don’t have a large lot, a basement foundation could be a good way to achieve your goals. Basement square footage tends to be cheaper than building up.
Basements involve digging down into the ground and then pouring cement at the bottom of the dig. If your lot happens to feature a large slope, you can also install a daylight basement, partially dug into the hill but with one wall in the open air.
You can choose the level of finish you want for your basement, whether to fully heat and cool it or whether to leave it as a raw space with room for development in the future. This can be an appealing route if you want to get a house built now with room to add easy floorspace down the road.
For Easy Access
A good point between a basement and a simple slab is a crawl space, which is elevated just a few feet off the ground. Because you have to fully insulate the walls containing the space, it is a greater investment of time and resources than a slab.
However, it comes with the significant added benefit of making a space where utilities like wiring and plumbing are easily accessible. This can save a lot of time and effort in the long run when repairs are necessary.
This type of foundation is also a good option if your neighborhood has any potential for flooding. If your lot or neighborhood is on low ground, you might want to consider the crawl space for protection.
If you’re ready to firm up your foundation and build your dream home, talk with our team about your options!