What I'm wondering is this. Are houses/other buildings of concrete construction (block, o\\poured, whatever) part of the foundation? IOW, are the outer walls "fused" so to speak to the concrete foundation, and as such, how water-tight are they, or how water-tight *could* they be...?
What I'm wonderin is whether it's possible to pour walls and foundation to be one unit, or even, if the foundation could be poured such tat it would come partway up and the framing would go inside of it, and then the exterior sheathing etc. would go on top or perhaps even over it...?
Just how water-tight could a place be made?
Links would be great, as well as any info or thoughts on htis. I'm just trying to think whetehr there are better ways of coping with flooding, than having stick-houses that jsut sort of sit on top of a concrete pad. IT seems like ther ehas got to be a better way, so I'm jsut wondering.
Thanks In Advance!