Here are my questions:
1- Can we remove the 1.5 feet of dirt without jacking the house?
2- Since the foundation already goes all the way down, will we still need to add "hip walls" for extra support or will the new slab add enough support?
3- The front wall has 4' of dirt piled against it, but the foundation still goes all the way down to 8.5'. Can we remove that dirt without adding additional support?
4- We'd like to move and enlarge the exterior opening to the basement through the foundation. Is a foundation contractor the one to do this? As advanced remodelers - can we attempt this ourselves?
5- What professional should we start with first to get through permitting? Can a foundation contractor provide all the necessary plans for permits, or will we still have to use an architect? (little worried about the cost of the architect)
6 - Any recommendations for pros in Seattle area?
Thanks for your patience, time and answers -