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canuk
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

Is it possible ?
More than likely yes ----- sight unseen

Is it realistic and feasable?
Can't say.

depends on many factors --- soil conditions , restrictions , elevations , real state prices , accessiblity , size of home ..... to name a few.

Bottom line ---- the house will need to be raised , all sewer lines disconnected , excavation to dig out for the basement , depending on what the foundation will be --- poured concrete or blocks , perimeter drains, new sewer lines , lowering the house , back fill and grading.

Cost will be higher than if there were no home there.---- probably in the neighbourhood of $35K- $45K +

As for the storm shelter ---- I'm guessing you would have access from outside?

It would be a lot cheaper since this would only require excavating for a stairway , cutting a doorway into the concrete ,installing a door and frame , the stairs and retaining wall and drain.

A. Spruce
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

As canuk points out, expense is relative to many things. If all you're looking for is a storm shelter, then you don't need to excavate a full basement, which would require everything canuk covered. Talk with local foundation contractors and more specifically, contractors with experience in creating storm shelters to discuss your options and expenses with them.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

You could also consider an above ground storm shelter. Check these out
http://www.familysafeshelters.com/ and http://americanstormshelters.com/shelters.asp
Jack

canuk
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

Ah --- perhaps I misread the Op's question about the storm shelter part.
I thought there was an existing one.:o

A. Spruce
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House
canuk wrote:

Ah --- perhaps I misread the Op's question about the storm shelter part.
I thought there was an existing one.:o

I read it to be that he has neither and wants something. Of the two, the shelter should be cheaper, easier, and less invasive to both structure and life while being created.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

The Op also failed to mention if the house is on a foundation or a slab.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

The Op also failed to mention if the house is on a foundation or a slab.
Jack

Always the stickler, aren't you Jack? ;):p

JLMCDANIEL
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

Well it would make a significant difference in Canuk's quote.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Well it would make a significant difference in Canuk's quote.
Jack

He's also talking Canadian frog skins, not American green backs, so he's a bit off anyway ... ;)

canuk
Re: A New Basement Under An Old House

Hey now funny boy :p:D

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