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rebuilding burned/destroyed house - new foundation or use old?

11 years ago

This is only out of morbid curiosity, but was sparked by a conversation I had with a client today.

Say a house is burned down or destroyed somehow, but the foundation remains more or less intact. For the sake of this conversation, let's assume it's a full basement foundation.

Is it "better" (or to code) to use the old foundation and build on top, remove the old foundation and put a new one in the same "hole" on the same footprint, or, fill the hole and build elsewhere on the property, if possible?

If "it depends" - what have any of you seen/done?

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