02:55PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 04/17/03
20 lifetime posts
The foundation on my home built in 1927 is in poor shape. I was thinking with all the digging that I would have to do, and with the removal of dirt to re shape the crawl space floor for proper drainage, wouldn’t I be better off to dig down 6 more feet and make it into a basement?
The way I was thinking of doing this was one wall at a time. Supporting the floor about 3’ in, and then digging down laying the footings, and building up the wall.
I just have no clue on how to tie all 4 walls together, and then back to the house. I would have this same problem if I was replacing parts of the crawl space wall.
Has anyone done this, or know of a site that shows what they did?


03:36PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
You CAN convert a crawl to a full basement BUT it is NEVER a DIY project (you could kill yourself and collapse your house by doing it)and it is rarely cost effective.

A small basement such as yours to dig, form, pour, and construct on a new home would exceed $20,000 in most cases. It would cost that much more for a pro to dig, form, pour, concrete and construct a basement under an existing home.

Hardly worth the effort.

The bottom line in adding living space for a house and receiving the most financial return is always: Go "UP" or "OUT" and never "DOWN".



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