13. Straw Bale Building and the Foundation By Andrew Morrison Slab and Basement Foundations There are many different options for foundations. Concrete stem walls and footings, piers, monolithic concrete slabs, rubble trench with concrete bond beam, and sand bag and rip-rap stacks are all possibilities. In general, foundation systems contain one or more of the following: footings, piers, stem walls, and/or slabs.
Know Your House: What Makes Up a Home's Foundation Learn the components of a common foundation and their purpose to ensure a strong and stable house for years to come. The three structural parts of this kind of foundation: A continuous concrete footing A foundation wall of either poured concrete or concrete masonry units (CMUs) A concrete floor slab