Alice Tagloff wrote:I have a few construction dreams, and tho I'll probably never get the opportunity to do anything with them, I wanted peoples opinions on stone footings?
In doing some research for friends about slipforming a stone cottage, I came across landscape stone quarry's that reference that they sell natural stones in certain dimensions.
1) they offer 'natural steps' that I assume are snap/chiseled off a rock face, that come in sizes between 5-8" thick, 24-32" wide, and 4-8' long.
That sounds like a good foot wall if you could figure out how to keep it upright.
2) Most also offer granite, for wall caps, window lintels, etc. They offer it cut by the foot, in various grades, and various thickness. The lowest 'grade' was offered at 16-18" thick/wide, at about $8 a foot. The highest grade hovered at about 4-6" thick/wide(from memory, I could be wrong), and $20 a foot.
This sounds like a fairly reasonable choice for a foundation pier or a foot wall resting on a compacted bed.
Not wanting to use concrete because of water/drainage/seepage, the labour/equipment involved and then not getting into the issues of getting the 'mix wrong'(lets just say that its very easy to screw up mixing by the bag and it effects the 'quality', as my fathers crumbling shed foundation proves).
Having a solid stone foundation pier that won't transfer/wick water into a wood support beam resting on it sounds almost a dream.
There would of course, be issues of getting it to stay upright, and moving it I think, but it sounds fairly ideal. Especially considering that stacking stones/cinderblocks and mortaring them together runs the risk of frost heave snapping the blocks apart in northern zones, and water destroying the mortar in warmer places.
Can I get other peoples opinions on this?
It probably wouldn't do for a very large, or 2 story structure, but for a cabin/barn/tiny house, it would probably work.