12:03PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 01/02/05
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All right, let me tell you why, then maybe it'll make since. in east Texas, a-lot of homes are on a cinder-block foundations....why I don’t know, its not near water at all and in the 30 years, water no where to be found.

The house in question currently belongs to my mother, its in Splendora TX, it'll be given to me, but needs work. I don't like how the house feels (shacky when you walk, real noisy), plus it needs to be leveled badly, and hard to keep warm in the winter. I just don’t want a house on blocks.

I want to lift it, have a slab pored under it, and then the house placed on the slab and somehow have the current wooden floor removed, or some sequence of events like that. When done, it'll be a slab foundation with concrete floors.......;)

Anyone ever heard of this being done, have suggestions or comments, please pipe in, I new to this and need your help with this one. And, no I wont be doing it myself.

Thanks for the help




05:29PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 11/27/04
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the house is on blocks like a mobile...

to lift it up requires the house movers/raisers who will block up the house against the roof rafters or second floor joists and with beams that go out to the outer walls to hold them up. then it is lifted about 2 feet or more if you need and then remove the floor and prepare the ground and pour a slab. then let house back down .then after the raising blocking is removed then you pour concrete into the 4' by 4' holes where the blocks were.

it's not too hard a job but it will require a few repairs to the inside of the house from the holes for the beams and the bracing.

just a note for you to check with the local bylaws regarding the change from raised block to a slab. you may have to raise the slab up as high or higher than the cinder-blocks. and if more fill is needed, there are small walk behind loader machines from the rent it center that can move all the new fill in under the raised house that is raised high enough. plus packing it down.

and any wires or plumbing that go through the flooring will have to be moved.including your electrical service, gas and water.


07:15AM | 01/04/05
Member Since: 01/02/05
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That’s awesome advice, thanks. Yes its a 4 bedroom a-frame, about 25 sq ft or so. I did contact the lifters in my area plus several different foundation companies, all of which say it is a fairly common thin in the area. Although on suggested I used a beam type. I will check the local codes on such a conversion.

Thanks for the insight



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