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Lifting a bungalow?

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Posted by: from Burnaby
3/1/2008 at 2:20:45 AM

My husband and I have been talking about lifting our 1950's bungalow in order to add some space, and possibly a rental, without losing our yard space. We are not sure how to get started in finding out the feasibility of this. Do we contact a designer, an architect, or a contractor first? We have a pretty good idea of how we would like the space arranged. Also, any advice on the lifting of the house? We are thinking of lifting rather than adding on top as we are not sure of the structural specifications from the 50s and whether the additional weigh would be supported well. We would also like to avoid having to redo our roof. Again, we are definately new to renos so any advice is greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

J

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Stanford in Etobicoke
Date/Time3/5/2008 at 1:02:11 PM

We do just that.

Lift and add necessary block to give additional height.

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Date/Time3/6/2008 at 5:23:52 PM

First thing you should do is contact a structural engineer some one who has been in the business for a while

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Renpro General Contracting in Oshawa
Date/Time3/10/2008 at 4:56:43 PM

I agree with Wayne, call an engineer first off.

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Date/Time3/19/2008 at 10:38:55 AM

HI Joelle,

Sounds like you want to get a major project underway, prior to any contractor, or engineer, I always advise my clients to perform a feasibility report, which would help you determine wheather or not you can afford the project and wheather or not it makes CENTS! We have extensive experience in this line of work and have the right tools for the job. Good Luck. Joe

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