Is it a good idea to purchse a home with NO basement ?
The reason i ask is because it needs a new Kitchen & i am wondering how
would i go about relocating the Electric line for the Range & to move the
Plumbing supplies & drain to relocate the Sink.
How can this be acomplished ?
I know with a Basement it would be an easy task.
Also what if i need to relocate the Cable hookup to another wall,also add
Would this create a nightmare ?
Or can it be easily acomplished.
The home is in Pennsylvania.
Also there is no attic.
Any ideas & suggestions greatly appreciated.
Wood frame construction???
Not much info to go on. making assumptions here that "new kitchen"
means refitting the existing kitchen area?
Or is it intention to 'build onto' the existing structure by adding a
Either way one idea might be to build a small annexe or 'back porch'
cum storeroom backing if possible onto to the kitchen wall. Then put
the electric service in there with very short new wiring to the
various kitchen items. But if you do that codes in most places may
require a complete up grade of the total electric system. Not just
grandfathering some additional or replacement wiring. Is the existing
wiring and electric supply services up to satisfactory and insurable
standard? Does the power now come in overhead or below ground; gas or
electric cooking; ................ so many questions!!!!
Chances are pretty good the plumbing is in the slab and would require
jackhammering holes and trenches to relocate it then patching the concrete
which is difficult but doable..Wiring is probably above the ceiling and goes
down the walls....Plan on a complete gut of the kitchen which by the sounds
you are doing anyway...Probably not a DIYer project....Adding outlets in
other rooms probably would require holes in the ceiling and walls that would
require patching and painting...Not a nightmare for pros but could be for a
DIYer...Expensive as well , especially the kitchen part.........HTH...
I'd want a basement, unless I were living in a flood zone. Makes
plumbing and electrical easy. Skip the house and buy one that doesn't
need a new kitchen *and* has a basement. Basements are perfect for
home repair projects.
Will give you an opinion from a Texan!! We don't have basements and very
few have attics! The houses are called "Ranch Style", and most older homes
are single story. Newer and larger homes are two/three story, yet still NO
basements. You just have to do some preplanning when you want to remodel,
I lived in Las Vegas for many years, and owned several homes with no
basement. The plumbing drains are all set in concrete - literally - and that
is where they are, period. Want to move a drain? Easy - dig up your
foundation and move it.
If you can't run the pipe through a wall to the existing drain, then either
you dig up your foundation, or you don't do anything at all. I never found
this to be a problem, but I never did any remodeling that required plumbing
to be relocated.
I now have a home with full basement, and I love it! Wiring, plumbing, you
name it, it's all there and it's all exposed.
By no attic he probably means just a 2X2 access hatch in a closet and just a
crawlspace thru the trusses with no floor...One wrong step and your thru the
ceiling...Been there done that , got the tee shirt...He probably didn't see
it when he toured the house....Pretty common in Modular(double wides) and
cheap stick built ranches on a slab....
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