Building on an old stone foundation?
Back my husband was a 12 year old kid, playing with fireworks, he accidentally set fire the rundown and unoccupied but historic Cape home that had been in his family for generations, and burnt it to the ground. Since then it has been his, well only, goal in life to rebuild a house on the old stone foundation. We're now in the process of getting money together and doing all the research we can to begin building within the next year. My question is about the foundation- it still appear very solid but with some cracked mortar that will need to be replace, and I havent see any standing water pooling in it. It is about 24x36 ft and located in downeast Maine. We want our home to be efficient to heat and was wondering if anyone had any advice on insulating or knew of any recommended website or books for us. Budget is definitely a concern too. I really appreciate any opinions!