The difference between a “pier and curtain” and block foundation?

by | Apr 3, 2020

Full Concrete Block Foundation

There are many different types of foundations and combinations of foundations, but the 3 basic types are: Basement, Concrete Slab and Crawlspace. Most of the foundations you see in our area are concrete slabs or crawlspaces. Basements can be costly and are usually only built when the home is on a slope. Concrete slabs are just that – a concrete slab poured over top of some kind of footing.

Crawlspace foundations are typically full concrete block foundations or ”pier and curtain” foundations. Both have poured concrete footings. A full block foundation consists of concrete block, mortar and reinforcement. The block is laid to form a wall around the perimeter of the home. A “pier and curtain” foundation consists of concrete block, mortar and brick. Concrete block piers are built every 6 to 8 feet providing support for your home. Brick is then placed between the piers to close in the crawlspace. This brick is not load-bearing. We at Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations, prefer a full concrete block foundation because of its structural support.

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran, owner of Carolina Development and Properties, LLC, and its affiliate, Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations, LLC, has been building homes in the Charlotte area for over 20 years.  Mike graduated with a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte.  He has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1999 and currently holds this designation in both North and South Carolina.  Mike is also a Certified Green Professional and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders.  Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations is also an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

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