Concrete block foundations over time can bow, settle, crack and are more susceptible to water leakage through their joints. If the concrete block foundation isn't properly filled with steel rebar and concrete then it will be weak, structurally unsound and have little insulation value. Poured concrete walls are joint-free and typically 8-12 inches thick which makes them denser, stronger, drier and fire-resistant which is crucial for the front range. They can better withstand cave-ins created by lateral pressures from the ground, water and wind. There is nothing more durable and safe than a concrete wall!
By offering lateral support to vertical slopes, a retaining wall can hold back soil for a multitude of reasons, including leveling terraces to add landscaping, eliminating hard-to-mow slopes and provide solutions to drainage and erosion problems.
There are some places throughout the front range that require additional storage options for water tanks or cisterns. Cellars provide large underground rooms for those needs as well as doubling as safety shelters, hot-water tank and HVAC system rooms.
Finishing a basement is absolutely the best way to generate a more livable space. Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska all have high wind areas. Basements are excellent for anchoring a property to the ground by extending the foundation below the area’s frost line. This helps maintain the integrity of the foundation over time.