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.