At Biggs Construction INC, we are new home builders in Greenville, NC who have been building custom, quality homes in Eastern NC for over 20 years. If you are interested in building your dream home, you can contact us for a free consultation, face-to-face, the old-fashioned way.
Homes are commonly built on two different types of foundations: concrete slabs and raised. Each type of foundation comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. So, here’s what you should know:
If your home is built on a concrete slab, that means that it’s built on a concrete base and doesn’t have a crawl space. Concrete slabs are cheaper than raised foundations, which means they can help you count down on construction costs. In addition, concrete slabs are ideal for anyone with accessibility issues, because slab-built homes usually have no or only a few stairs into their entryway. However, because the home is directly on the ground, without the barrier that raised foundations provide, the home is typically more exposed to ground elements. A concrete slab can also crack over time, depending on the levelness of the ground and the load of the home.
With a raised foundation, you will have a crawl space, which has both its advantages and disadvantages. The downside of crawl spaces is that they become the perfect breeding ground for little critters to hide out. The upside of crawl spaces is that they provide a barrier between your home and the elements. They also provide a space for electricians, HVAC specialists, and plumbers to access pipes, cords, etc. in order to more easily perform repairs on your home. Ultimately, raised platforms are more costly, but they also raise the resale value of your home.
Ultimately, each type of foundation has its benefits and its downsides. We are happy to sit down with you and discuss your options for your new home. Just give us a call today at Biggs Construction in Greenville, NC.