My house is 3br on a slab with a big kitchen/dining area where the
dining area opens to a sunken great room. The great room has a
fireplace and is very 70's (decoration ceiling beams, popcorn ceiling,
painted-over wood panelling, etc). The carpet is bad. The great room
is sunken 10 inches. We are considering raising the sunken floor to
be level with the dining room and installing a hardwood floor. There
are no windows and only an old patio door which could be easily raised
when it is replaced due to its location.
Has anyone else done this? Is it worth it to update the look, or is
this kind of thing still marketable? I am getting mixed opinions all
around. Some people like them and others think it's a dated look and
would be a sticking point for those who would have elderly visitors.
I think the ceiling height will still be ok, especially after the
beams are removed.
Instead of raising the floor, we could just do other things to update
the look like removing the panelling and installing the hardwood floor
on the slab as it is.
Just a slow burn process on figuring out what direction to go with it.
My biggest concern is the 10" of lost headroom. Beams aside, what is the
clearance now? If it is in line with the rest of hte ceilings on that
level, it will be OK, but if it is going to be short, it may look strange,
feel claustrophobic, and perhaps not meet code. Check that before you take
the next step. Otherwise, updating is a good idea.
While they may not be as popular as they once were, I still see sunken
great rooms in some new
construction. Unless you personally don't like it, I wouldn't be
spending money to
change it on theories as to what other people may or may not like.
Plus, what's popular is
constantly changing. By the time you're ready to sell, things could
I snipped the rest because the issue of marketability is what I will
address. Home improvement costs can sometimes be recaptured. The best
1/ Repairs of unsightly wear and damage.
The above list, when judiciously applied, will often generate a positive
effect: more increase in the selling price than the total cost of the
Other improvements tend to be negative: less increase in the selling price
than the total cost of the improvements.
Yeah.. I don't think that the living room is sunken is nearly as big an issue as
the carpets, etc., as far as saleability. Heck, I remember and enjoyed sunken
living rooms - adds some interest to the house. Why make it a plain old level
How long will they be in the house? By the time they sell, sunken floors may be
back in appeal. The real question would be whether or not *they* like the
I'd keep it unless I personally didn't like it. And put the money into the
other aspects of the space.
True, and it doesn't bother me personally. The room will probably
look a lot better after the wood panelling and such is out. I guess
if someone has a problem with the drop, they can put in a ramp. The
drop moving from room to room is actually 6 inches, 10 is from ground
to top of slab, I brain farted.
You need to see whats under those bad carpets in there.
As for the sunked livingroom, I dont think i'd change it.
Others have said on here that its a matter of taste and those
change all the time. If you want to put in beams to raise the floor
it can certainly be done. As long as the ceiling is all the same
and the fireplace is safely above the bottom of the new floor you
You think the ceiling height will be ok?
For someone that has this dream of raising a floor and installing
hardwood, you would "think" they would have enough sense to buy a tape
measure and find out if their dream is even feasible.
You're stuck in the 70's, and your home sounds like a dump. Get off your
lazy butt, and at least get rid of the piss soaked carpet, and slap some
Don't worry about a large project, when you won't take the time to do
the small projects.
If you wait long enough, in the slow burn process, I'm sure they'll have
you 6' under, before you lift a finger to clean that rat trap up.
Stress cracks in sunken room, it could even be a separate pour of
concrete than the rest of the slab, is a common entry area for termites.
When you remove the carpet check the floor where it drops down,
especially at the base of the fireplace and if cracks are found or if it
is a separate pour, treating those areas before the wood floor is put
down can save you some headaches (heartaches) of having to drill through
or remove the hardwood to treat below it later.
FYI, I just purchased a home built in the 60s, a 3br 1-1/2 ba ranch
with a sunken living room. It had been on the market for a year. The
realtor remarked that if it had not had the sunken living room, it
would have sold much sooner and for the original price (20K more). It
dates the house and makes it difficult for us older people to
navigate. Another house that I looked at was a raised ranch - these
are having a very difficult time in this market, again because of the
changes in the floor levels. Same with splits.
How exactly would you raise the floor? Build another floor on top of
the existing joists? I want to do something like this but save the
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