Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

cvschnutenhaus

10:59AM | 04/10/04
Member Since: 04/09/04
2 lifetime posts
Looking into buying a 1950's 1300 sq. foot house with cinder block foundation. Cinder block are just plain, 3 rows of block with minimum 3 blocks high. Do you think this a turn off for most people. What options are there to increase the safety factor without replacing the whole foundation? Does anyone know the range of replacing the foundation of a house?

Thank you from Vancouver, WA

norfleet

06:26AM | 05/01/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
10 lifetime posts
I have no idea if you like the looks of a cinder block foundation. If you do not, then do not buy the house. A cinder block foundation can be as strong as a cast in place concrete foundation. It all depends on how it was built. does it have any reinforcing steel? are the holes filled with concrete? Cinder block is commenly used in commercial construction and works well when (like any think else) it is properly constructed. It the house is in western Washington, then you might have to worry about seismic shaking. To replace the foundation is likely a minimum of $30,000

garyalvis

12:50PM | 05/18/04
Member Since: 05/17/04
8 lifetime posts
if you are refering to a concrete block wall on top of strip a strip foundation these are common in my part of the country. ohio valley. the blocks typically set atop a 18-27" wide foundation and may have some chambers filled. the appearance can be changed by a cultured stone applied over the block. if you are reffering to concrete block set on earth I would stay away that is bad mojo

Glenn Good

06:29AM | 05/19/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
Fist off: Are there any apparent problems that can be seen in the foundation? If the foundation has apparent flaws in it that you can see I would stay away from it or have a qualified home inspector look at it before you buy. Some defects are mostly cosmetic while others are a sign of structural problems.

If the answer is no there are no visible defects in it then what is your concern? Block foundations are very common installed over a concrete perimeter footing and hold up well over time when constructed properly. If the house has already been standing for over 50 years with no apparent defects then I would say it is a safe assumption the foundation is structurally sound (unless there are signs of recent repairs which may be suspect).

As for the appearance: You can alter the appearance of the block but adding a cement based foundation coating, stucco or synthetic stucco, cultured stone or brick, as well as any number of other possibilities.

Glenn


cvschnutenhaus

05:39PM | 05/19/04
Member Since: 04/09/04
2 lifetime posts
Hello everyone. the seller dropped the price on the house we're trying to buy. Thanks for all the information.


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