A house up the street is being built and they've done something that
doesn't seem to be logical.
The lot slopes a bit. No basement per se, but they had to remove soil
in ~20' length x 30' width, sloping from 5' high to 0 along the 20'.
They then poured footers - along the perimeter, and several interior
ones as well.
Then, they built CMU walls about 5' high in the area described above
(20'x30'). In doing so, they "made" a couple rooms - without doors.
Not small ones, either as the one is about 20' x 15'. One is probably
These are on the front side of the house. The back side of this
section will be at walk out level w/back yard, and (presumably) have
regular frame walls.
Now a dump truck came along and dumped dirt, partially into this "room
sans doors. The next day, the "room" was totally filled in with dirt.
Haven't gotten around to seeing if the smaller room is also filled in,
but I would guess so.
What are they doing?
Why not just do regular footers (30" deep, and stepped, or w/basement
area), instead of digging a hole, then filling it back in - after
going to the trouble of building walls that are going to be buried
(but, presumably, serve as the base for walls above)?