It can be done. It's fairly pricey. I briefly considered it on a
house that caught my eye, but typically you can do better just moving
to a house that already has one.
where? purpose? is it permitted in your location? instead could a less
expensive addition or swimming pool addition help? for maintaining
handicap access and saving money is it cheaper to buy the house next
see a local architect or read about lots of your design answers at:
We have a company that does business here in Western Massachusetts and
parts of New York that specializes in moving houses and installing
foundations under existing houses. They run several steel beams under the
house, extending beyond the house for jacking points. They even create
collars to support the chimney during the lift.
They use boxed timbers as safety supports and when the building is high
enough excavate the new cellar hole with a bobcat. They've done it often
enough to think through all the problems... hatchway to get the inside
concrete forms out of the building, notches which become window holes for
when they lower the building and remove the steel beams.
Locally there are a lot of summer homes that were originally set on
piers. Many from New York City are purchasing these and creating year round
homes, it's not cheap.. $30 to 50 grand and if it was me I would just build
somewhere else. But it's an interesting project and even more enjoyable
when they take these buildings to another location !
I bought an extended family home. It was built in the 1800's. I bought
it in the 1960's. My uncle had the neighborhood boys dig out the basement
by hand during the depression. He was a retired submariner and had a little
money. He was something of a nut. After I moved in, many of those kids,
now my age or older, would stop by and tell me how much my uncle had done
for them when they were growing up. That house had many challenges but I
Yes it can be done, but it is an amazing about of work. It would almost
certainly cost more than moving to a home with what you want.
On Sun, 7 Jan 2007 10:03:50 -0500, "Joseph Meehan"
HAVING it done would likely cost more than moving. Doing it
yourself, (where permitted) is just hard, tedious work.
Another option is just to jack the sucker up about 9 feet,
and build another floor underneath, but that depends on
whether the floor-plan works.
That would depend entirely on what you wanted the basement for.
Additional space that does not need to be underground can be built much
more cheaply on the surface. Cheaper still may be a second floor
addition. But if what you need is a larger comfortable space for the
family to sleep out a tornado warning or other physical threat then that
is a different issue.
"people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve
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