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Foundations

The foundation, upon which the house sits, can help determine the age of a structure. Most structures have maintained their original foundations, as laying or pouring a new one is a very difficult task. Two types of materials are common for Vermont foundations:

Stone

Most pre-20th century houses have stone foundations, either rubble stone or cut stone. Occasionally a brick foundation was constructed, but it is not too common.

Cut Stone Foundation

Cut Stone Foundation: Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Cut Stone Foundation

Cut Stone Foundation: Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Poured Concrete

During the early 20th century, concrete foundations appeared and began to phase out the construction of stone foundations.

Poured Concrete Foundation

Poured Concrete Foundation: Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Poured Concrete Foundation

Poured Concrete Foundation: Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

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