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Building Walls For a Basement

Q: "Should you build walls yourself or leave it to a pro?"


My wife and I bought a two- bedroom c. 1935 home. We plan to add an
addition with an upstairs. The problem we are running into is the
basement, which the original owner dug himself. There are no concrete
walls or floor. After years of hard weather and flooding, the sides are
giving way. We would like to keep the basement because it stores the
water heater and furnace. The builder says we should fill it in and
move the original home six feet. This would be nice, but it comes with
a $20,000 price tag. Could I build walls, fill in between the new wall
and the old dirt walls, and then have a concrete floor poured? Will this
hold up to the pressure of an addition? Thanks.

— Dan, Hampton, VA


Tom Silva replies: Yes, you could build walls and pour concrete but I would leave that job to a pro. The price tag depends largely on the size of your
house but $20,000 sounds reasonable.


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