Hi My family is considering adding another level onto our house. A anothe
r idea occurred to me but im not sure if it is a real option. We have a cra
wl space that runs the length of the house. I know that houses are sometim
es jacked up to repair the foundation, are houses ever jacked up in order t
o make a crawlspace a lower level? If the house could be raised that high,
then the beams could be replaced with longer beams. Is that possible?
Short answer: kind of yes.
Take a look at the houses in the Hurrican Sandy flood zone
which were raised to keep them above future flooding.
They weren't intending to add a new first floor or basement,
but the liftingis the same.
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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8:54:51 AM UTC-4, danny burstein wrote:
You beat me too it. A lot of homes near the beach here in NJ have
been jacked up and are now on pilings high enough for another floor.
Like you say, they use that area for parking or a garage, not living
space, but the idea is the same. They are even putting the AC units
up high now too. But the difference is these are relatively expensive
homes at or near the beaches and the cost can be justified. For a
house in general, I think it would probably be cost prohibitive.
Also, I would think that with jacking, you probably wind up with having
to do some repairs to cracked walls and the like that result. You
also have to consider that the old and new parts will be used for,
ie if you jack and don't change things, the kitchen, LR will be on
the second level.
Before undertaking adding a whole story to a house, I'd consider what
the market value is now, what it will be after, what the cost of the
addition will be. I would think it might make more sense to sell
and find another house.
On 3/20/2018 8:44 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Similar things have been done. In coastal areas a lot of houses have
been raised for flood prevention but the new lower level is not a living
space, just storage.
I don't know how cost effective it is compared to just moving to a
It did most springs or sometimes during the January thaw. When I was a
few months old my parents went to stay with my uncle when the water got
above the coal grate. You just learned to keep an eye on the creek and
start moving your toys to high ground.
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