9 Super Creative Ways To Hide Your House Foundation
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9 Super Creative Ways To Hide Your House Foundation

You know that ugly, exposed concrete section that surround the base of your house? Yeah, that’s your foundation. They’ve yet to create a way to construct it in a way that’s appealing to the eye, instead leaving you with unfinished rough concrete.

But there are ways to hide house foundation, if you’re creative enough. A little bit of elbow grease, free time, maybe a green thumb, and imagination can turn your unattractive concrete base into something with awesome curb appeal.



foundation stucco

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Stucco may be a bit outdated in terms of interiors, but it’s still used on exteriors and for good reason. Just look at how a little bit stucco and some patience can do for your home’s foundation. By applying it all around, you get a nice finished look that says, “I care about how my home looks.”


front porch with hinged panels of plastic skirting

Adding a finished material to the concrete part of your foundation does the trick, but what about the areas around your decks and other structures that protrude out from your home? These create empty spaces underneath where you can catch glimpses of that ugly foundation peeking out. Cover it up with some gorgeous framed lattice. You can even paint or stain to match you home!


woodchips foundation


If stucco and fancy lattice aren’t your thing, then consider this creative idea to hide your foundation! To break it down, look closely, you can see how the homeowner matched the siding color and then trimmed it all with the same cape cod blue slats. This gives the appearance that there’s no foundation at all. Neat!


painting the foundation of your home


So, maybe you’re not handy, and maybe you’re not that creative either. So what? You can still give your home’s foundation a refresh with a simple coat of paint. Just makes sure to scrape off any cracked or peeling material that’s on the surface before applying anything new. Otherwise, you’ll be back to square one within the year. Dress it up with a few nice painted flower pots.


commercial stone veneer siding


Now this is where we get super creative. If you’re not comfortable applying stone materials to your home yourself, you can hire the aid of any local contractor. They know what to do. But, if you’re up for a project, then fire away! This idea is a beautiful way to hide your home’s foundation and give a really high end look.


Hidden in the Flowers


There are some ideas that don’t involve touching the foundation itself, but rather just covering it up. By installing a raised flower bed and planting large plants, you can easily mask the exposed concrete behind it. Easy peasy, and adds value to your home.


Use Rocks to hide some foundation


Another way to disguise the concrete border around your home without really even touching it. Installing a bed of gravel or decorative rocks. You can get real creative and even do a fancy dry creek bed. This will especially help if you have moisture problems in your basement. Two birds with one stone!


Foundation Insulation Panels


There are a few different materials you can purchase to cover up your foundation, but this one in particular consists of sheets of Styrofoam insulation with a protective coating on the outside. Apply directly to the concrete using PL Premium or some other form of adhesive and you’re good to go!


Foundation Insulation Panels


Big, bushy shrubs are the way to go if you’re looking for an easy way to just hide the foundation behind something. This is also a great way to add in some landscaping and improve the look of your exterior even more. The bushier, the better!


Did you enjoy this list of awesome ways to hide your foundation? They’re certainly good ideas, and should inspire you at the very least to tackle your project. Let us know what you think, or if you have any ideas of your own. Share and comment!

14 thoughts on “9 Super Creative Ways To Hide Your House Foundation”

  1. I absolutely love the idea that there is a lightweight option to install on the outside of an ugly cinderblock foundation. I would like to know what those styrofoam panels are actually called and where they can be purchased. Are there other patterns??

  2. Termites will eat your house! Moisture and mold will eat your house. The reason the building code calls for 8 inches of foundation showing above dirt grade is so you can see the termite made mud tunnels they build to go from the ground into your wood house and eat it. Covering your foundation with anything they can crawl behind is a bad idea and not to the national building code. Moisture rises up from the ground as it evaporates. If it’s trapped behind something so the sun can’t sterilize it, mould that lives in the air will love it there. Mold like to eat wood too.

    • I am facing this problem now. I bought a house where the cinder block foundation was completely covered outside and in. I have now discovered that the cinder blocks are actually deteriorating. There was undiscovered mold up the back sides of the drywall inside. I don’t yet know what the lurks behind the stucco paneling covering the outside of the house. Last summer a colony of termites ate a massive stump in my yard in just a couple of weeks. I have no idea where they moved to. I have don’t think they moved to the house but this does give me fear.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! I won’t be covering up my basement walls now, that’s for sure 😀

  4. I’ve learned somethings being a woman and not knowing,Thamks. One question i have cement blocks around screen porch been painted you can’t see the separation between them where morter is just flat surface.i what to see separation? Been painted over many times.

  5. It’s always something! It took years for all the plants to grow to hide the blocks of our large addition. I wanted to put faux stones on the other side but waited to long to decide..arthritis has got the best of me. So now we have to look at those ugly gray block forever.

    Morale: don’t wait till you’re old and gray!

  6. How about this.. place a garden variety string around the foundation areas and get the fake hanging type plants to hang on the string and that hides the foundation and doesn’t cause extra problems.. use garden fence sticks to tie the string on and set the sticks spaced along the foundation …

  7. Painting! It won’t break your back or your wallet, won’t create a place for mold, insects or rodents either. I’m painting, then plants, but DO NOT plant any plants too close to house or you just invite pests! Leave space & allow for that space to remain clear & dry, consider how wide the plants may get & opt for plants that DO NOT spread or require thinning out or climb, no vines, no hostas, nothing that gets too big that you have to remove or prune all of the time. Think ahead before you do something that may require additional work later on.

  8. Thank you for the advice. Your obviously very knowledgeable of the topic at hand, may I ask you for your opinion about my situation?
    My home, Southern as it gets in Louisiana, is two different, actually three, structures tied together go make my 2901 sq. ft. home. There being a higher level ( original house) and a lower level ( use to be a double garage) . There is a three step difference in the heights. Lower level is on a concrete foundation if course, but the higher section us about 2 or 3 feet off the ground. Well , I have yet to enclose in this area. I need to ASAP now that our winter has arrived! My floors are freaking cold , to an unbearable point. My entire house stays nice and warm… except the floors! 🥶🥶🥶
    I believe the chilly wind is blowing under the house and in threw whatever access possible… baseboards, etc.

  9. So my question is, I almost forgot, is what is the best thing to enclose it with , How much access is necessary, how much venting is needed? My house is wood .
    Thank you so much in advance. Looking forward to you hearing your expertise opinion on the matter .


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