You may be wondering how to make a concrete foundation, whether you are building a home
from scratch or remodeling an existing one. While there are many factors that must be
considered, there are a few steps that can be followed to ensure that your foundation remains
level. These steps are explained in detail below. You will also learn how you can prepare the
area for pouring concrete.
Start by excavating the area for the concrete foundation. It is important to thoroughly clean it.
Next, compact the soil using a compactor. Many building companies rent these compactors.
After the soil has been compacted, add a layer of gravel or sand to aid drainage and keep water
from affecting the slab. Lastly, lay a barrier material to cover the concrete flooring so that
moisture doesn’t penetrate it.


Most foundations in Northern California consist of a concrete footing, and a stem wall that is four
or six inches high. These walls are usually tall enough for crawl space to be provided beneath
the floorjoists. Dave Osland outlines a system for building footings and stem walls in his book
How to Build a Concrete Foundation. This way, Osland can manage his time and use an easy
concrete pouring system. You’ll be able build a solid foundation for your house.
In addition to the proper amount of rebars, you should also have a solid wooden wall with no
discolorations. These discolorations are a sign of weak concrete. Cracks in your foundation can
also be caused by soils that are not porous or rich in organic matter. Make sure to keep concrete
damp for at minimum three days before placing it on the ground. To ensure that you don’t run
into problems, make sure to adhere to the local building codes.
Building a foundation is more than just digging a hole and pouring concrete in a form. Your
foundation must be designed to suit the particular conditions of your site. This includes things
like water tables, backfill quality, and other factors. Every detail is crucial and should be carefully
thought out. A poorly compacted foundation will eventually lead to foundation failure. Formwork
that isn’t properly set up will also compromise the foundation.
You could use a slab foundation, a basement foundation, or a crawl space foundation. You may
also want to place posts on the ground in these cases. A slab, a concrete pad placed directly on
the ground, is the best foundation. A slab, however, requires very little site preparation and
formwork. Although it is ideal for warm climates, it can shift in colder weather and create cold
floors.
A poured concrete foundation is the best option for larger outbuildings such as garages. If you
plan on storing heavy equipment such as tractors, motorcycles, or woodworking machines, a

poured-concrete foundation will be the most suitable. Because of its low-maintenance and frost-
proof features, this type of foundation is also the cheapest to build. A monolithic slab foundation

will typically cost between $5 to $14 per square foot.