My parents house burnt down, rebuilding?
My parents house burnt down a week and a day ago. http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008802050312
I built my own house, now i would like to rebuild theirs. But my father can barely walk now due to nerve damage in his legs and arthritis. So I want to build a house that has everything on the main level and a attached garage so he can walk from his car to the house with no steps. Barrier free bathrooms etc... Now the hard part as you can see from the photo of the burning house it is a split level and the reason is that the water table is high here and while it is sandy you hit water at about four feet. So I am not sure if a full basement is a good idea or what method to use to make it a good idea. Using four foot footers with crawlspace seems like a waste. Should I look for a way to waterproof a full basement use a crawl space or build on a slab? Should I build a ranch with double the sq ft or build a twostory with an elevator? Looking for the most cost effective way to handle this. I used ICF to build my house and like the idea of making it very efficent also.
Thanks Jim Hazel III