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Adding a Basement Under an Existing House

I am buying a wreck of a house and it is on a slab. Has anyone got an idea how difficult it is to get a real cellar put in under an existing house? And if you have ever had or known someone who did this, can you live in the house while they are doing the new basement/cellar? I will appreciate any ideas you all may have.


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June 4, 20160 found this helpful

It can be done, Raine. Check Google images or perhaps even youtube for an idea of what you're up against. The contractors will have to lift your house with numerous hydrolic jacks, and lift it high enough they can work underneath. Depending where you live, the height of the water table and stability of the sub-soil, they may build the walls from concrete blocks and pour a concrete pad for the floor, but they might also (again, depending on the foregoing conditions) have to build forms for the walls and pour the concrete.


As to living there while the contractors do the work? It's up to you, really. You likely won't have running water or electricity but you can always sleep there and have temporary accommodations for cooking and bathing (think of as camping)?

Best to start with getting quotes and a timeline estimate?

Good luck!

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