DH and I are still debating how we want to do our full basement but we're both wanting to get at it soon!
ICFs, block or poured?
Also, as it's a daylight basement, we could theoretically wood-frame the exposed portions, but I think I like the masonry look on the bottom layer, so we might stick with concrete anyway...
Keeping in mind we're trying to do this on a shoestring budget (aren't we all? lol) and are capable of doing the work ourselves in the case of block or ICF, which method would you all recommend? We keep leaning toward block walls, but I think that might be because both of us have experience building block walls.
We're in a semi-arid climate, so a damp basement isn't much of a concern, btw. Any drainage system we set up will probably be sufficient for any of the above foundation systems.
Basic specs: 24x40 (lengthwise), garage in one half of it, loess soil (kind of clay-ey).
The slope is about perfect for this purpose in that the back of the basement will be just a smidge below grade (just right for dinky little basement windows) where the front will be right at grade. A fall of about six feet for the run of 24.
Any thoughts welcomed