My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 7
My foundation is complete! After the footer for my new home was installed, the next step was my foundation block. After the installation of the foundation block, insulation was then installed around the interior of the foundation, which helps to reduce monthly energy costs. Next, plumbing was installed, the foundation was filled with rock and the concrete floor was finally poured. That completes the foundation for my home!
Owensboro had a high of 8 degrees on Wednesday of Week 4, so some progress was delayed due to the polar vortex and freezing conditions. Then, it decided to rain for several days in Week 5 and in the beginning of Week 6. Hard rain can damage concrete as it is curing, and make it not smooth and uneven with each rain drop. This is why you never want to poor concrete in the rain. January’s weather is so wildly unpredictable. This is frustrating for me as a home owner, but I would much rather my home be structurally sound and wait a couple more days for it to be perfect.
Here’s what my home looked like during the block, insulation and plumbing phases:
There are many benefits to building your new home on a concrete slab:
- Slab foundations minimize the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gasses such as radon from a basement or crawl space into the house. However, all Jagoe Homes communities are built above flood plains.
- A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects, as they have no open spaces underneath the house that would give them access to wooden joists or supports they could chew.
- In certain conditions, slab foundation is a very cost effective way to build your home.
- Slab homes are often built closer to the ground than homes with basements or crawl spaces, thus reducing the number of steps it takes to enter. This can be advantageous for anyone who has a hard time getting up and down steps. A slab may be built on a higher level if the home owner prefers.