Solid Concrete vs Cement Block Foundation
My husband and I are starting construction on a home in the Central New York Finger lakes region this summer. We plan to GC the project ourselves. We are seasoned project managers (40 years between the two of us) just none of it in construction. We have some type of experience in just about every facet of interior finishing, but not much regarding the building assembly and foundation. There are a ton of decisions to be made, and being the detailed/anal retentive person, I am trying to learn what I need to know to make those decisions wisely. Meanwhile my better half looks at the plans with stars in his eyes and can’t wait to move in. That said, I have tons of questions, but will try to ask one at a time and continue to do research as I need to pace myself and I am still learning the construction lingo.
Guess I should start from the ground up…we are getting quotes on a concrete wall foundation and block foundation; my husband is leaning towards block as he says it will do the job and cost less. That may be correct, not sure, but the mason made a comment that has been weighting on my mind for weeks; he said, “I’m old school. I only use…(can’t remember the word might have been parge) and tar paper”. I have immersed myself in blogs and articles on this site, and have not seen that concept mentioned. The other issue I have is that we are putting hydronics in the slab, and I would prefer someone to pour the slab that has experience doing it over hydronics.
Do I have reason to be concerned?
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