Tear-down with an existing uninsulated basement: convert to slab on grade?
This question might have an obvious answer, but I haven’t been able to dig up anything on google. If I were to purchase a tear-down property that had an existing uninsulated, fieldstone basement, what would be the best course of action to build a high performance house? Fill it in with dirt then to then create a slab on grade? Tear out the fieldstone and use the existing cavity to create an insulated basement (while also hopefully re-using the fieldstone on site for something useful like a wall)? I know slab on grade is easier to insulate and I have no particular desire to have a basement, but almost all existing properties in New England have a basement so I’m amenable either way. If I were to fill it in it would almost seem more trouble than it’s worth, plus I’d have concerns about the earth settling after construction. Any thoughts on this?
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