Construction in Haiti - Why Are House Foundations Built with Rocks and Not Concrete?


House Construction in Haiti - The Foundation (Sol)
FACT: Houses are generally built on a foundation that is either a basement, a crawl space or a slab... In Haiti, house are built on a foundation made out of ROCKS... Why is that???

Lately, I've been paying close attention to how houses are built in Haiti and I am wondering... Why is the foundation of houses build in Haiti made out or rocks and not a concrete slab?

Why is it so darn high off the ground? Sometimes you have to go UP a couple of steps just to get inside the house!

My cousin is building a house in Haiti and she told me she spent so much money buying truck loads after truck load of rocks just for the foundation of the house.

She is building a one story home, typical 3 bedroom house with a car port, but there is more rock on it then on the Citadelle!

Why do Haitian Home builders use rocks instead of concrete?

I am asking because, I was reading How House Construction Works, and they say that houses are generally built on a foundation that is either a basement, a crawl space or a slab. I read the whole thing and nowhere in my reading did it say you have to use thousands of big rocks as a foundation and lay the house on top of it.

I'm no engineer, I am just trying to compare how things are done in Haiti versus the rest of the world.

SO... Can you tell me?

Why do Haitian Home builders use rocks instead of concrete when building houses.

Now that we live in a post-earthquake era, what happens to all these rocks when the ground begins to shake?

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Comments...

Kensonsun Bernade Foundation with rocks is generally found in old building that were build in the 1900's. The answer is simple it's just an old practice that Haiti... see more
Reply · January 19 at 11:09 PM
Erick Jerome Egg-cellent observations! Many of the systems and approaches in Haiti need reform. You asked a very good question, the rocks I imagine can be broken... see more
Reply · May 29 at 11:47 AM
Ti Mede Nothing beat the beauty and duration of building with stone; The Maya Indians, the egyptian pyramids and many historic buildings in the United... see more
Reply · February 02 at 1:02 PM
Edouard It's done that way because that's their know how and they will fight to keep it that way. Haitians, like may people, don't like change. It is very... see more
Reply · August 19 at 1:48 PM
Anna pou kisa nou pa mete yon ti bout creole
Reply · March 28 at 6:01 AM
Bill Love rubble foundations have been used successfully for thousands of years, mostly where the rocks are located adjacent to the site. They do not seem... see more
Reply · March 27 at 7:10 PM
Patrick Princivil Remember to go on cadsoft.com to find the best software to build your house, you can google it if you cannot find it. Remember that we have a... see more
Reply · March 27 at 4:43 PM
Alana In U.S. and other countries you have cement trucks to deliver cement for a poured concrete foundation or the houses are built modality. In Haiti... see more
Reply · March 27 at 12:19 PM

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