Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

Bob Jr

01:24PM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
44 lifetime posts
I was thinking of using a wood foundation for a new home. My thoughts were that it was something I could do and save money. Now I hear from two friends that they would never have a concrete foundation. Each of them built their own wood foundations and love their basements, no musty odors, they are dry, and the studs made it ready to finish.

My question (should be going to an engineer but don't know any who know wood foundations)

How can I use the wood foundation and still have a footing for a fireplace on the first floor?

Also I'm wondering how you connect the wood wall foundation to the concrete footing and foundation for the attached garage.

Glenn, are you familar with anything like this?

Keith Martin

05:19AM | 02/04/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
I have had an unusual amount of interset in wood foundations lately.

I personally don't like the idea but they are allowed by International code.

the foundation must be of .6 treated wood. Usually only available by special order. The foundation should be on compacted gravel instead of concrete and you will need to pour pier footings on the outside to accept your garage. Waterproofing is a big issue. there is no real way to repair a wood foundation without digging it up. Since you like to do it yourself I would reccomend sheet good waterproofing such as bituthane, miradri or polyguard. I would add a drainage board and double up the footerdrain.

Hope this helps,



05:38AM | 02/05/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
Is resale value a concern for you? Some people are reluctant to buy a house with a wood foundation.

Bob Jr

12:21PM | 02/05/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
44 lifetime posts
No resale value doesn't matter, I plan to be there for 10 years. I think this house will be built for $200,000 and appraise at $250,000 no matter what foundation I put in. Wood foundation will cost me $5500 with my labor and concrete will cost $13,000, no labor on my part.

Wood foundations are becoming more common in the upper midwest, most people who have one will never go back to concrete.

I found a 52 page brochure from the Southern Pine Council that answered my questions.

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