12:03PM | 07/11/07
Member Since: 07/10/07
7 lifetime posts
I have been reading pros and cons re building on slab,on slab with radiant heat, crawl space and full basement. All good explanations,but no where can I find a comparison on cost per square foot of each choice. I hope someone out there can give me some answers or tell me where I should be asking the question.

I am in the glorious state of Maine if that makes any difference.



02:11PM | 07/11/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You might go through this site. Note that the "foundation quality" relates to whether it is a slab, crawspace or basement.

But it is going to be fairly crude in price for those options.

In your area you will need 4-6 ft depth for footings and in general that means that slabs aren't that practical.

But there are other options such as using a SHALLOW FROST PROOF FOUNDATION SYSTEMS. That allows you do a slab with only 18" footers and using insulation under the ground to keep it from freezing.

Also there is a good chance that rock or water table levels will affect your choice.

At this point you might want to start talking to a builder that does design-build.
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