Basement ceiling height

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Posted by: from Chateauguay
6/8/2008 at 8:38:51 AM

If a basement is only about 6 ft high, is it possible to jack up the house and add height between the top of the foundation (cement) wall and the house sills? How would this be done, and what kind of cost are we talking about?


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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time6/8/2008 at 11:31:04 PM

I is not easy but there is some company that is all they do! It cost more than you are probably thinking and it would be around $20,000 to $40,000 depending on the height you want. I would shop around first and make sure you have someone that has a good reputation or you could be in for seious trouble.

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Date/Time6/9/2008 at 9:01:20 PM

Hi, the most common option is to underpin your basement. This is the act of lowering your current foundation in order to gain more height. It should be done by a professional who specializes in structural and foundation work. It can also be costly depending on how big your basement is. If you have a chance search on basement lowering + underpinning. This will give you more details in relation to how it is done and reputable companies that can perform this type of work. Also, please keep in mind that a permit is required to complete this work. This will allow for a proper inspection to be completed. You do not want to take any chances with your foundation. Hope this helps.

Andrew Galletta

The Toolbox Group Inc.

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Renpro General Contracting in Oshawa
Date/Time7/1/2008 at 10:47:49 PM

Our company has just raised a house in the Durham area and added another 32" in height. The main concern with lifting a house is to get an engineer to come out and make sure the footings of the house can take the shift in wieght of the house being lifted and set back down, not to mention the extra 3-4 coarse of block around the enitre perimeter. Hoep this helps.


Renpro General Contracting

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Gordon in New Westminster
Date/Time9/22/2008 at 8:29:11 PM

Can anyone recommend a company specializing in basement underpinning in the Vancouver area?

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