Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


03:07AM | 08/18/04
I am in the process of purchasing a home that has a slab foundation. Unfortunately it does not have a basement, or a garage. Being it is in the city, it has a relatively small lot.

I guess the first question is, how costly is it to convert a slab foundation to a basement (a little over 1000 sq. feet on the first floor)? I'm assuming that this can be done, but I could be wrong..

Has anyone seen this done before? I searched online and could not find much on doing such a conversion. Secondly, if this were done, wouldn't they need to remove the concrete slab currently serving as the floor and put in a wood frame?

Secondly, I might consider putting a 2 car garage under the first floor, intead of a full basement. It is very common with older houses in this town to add a garage under the house (a lot size issue again..). This would probably be cheaper than a full basement, but it is still an option that I may consider.

I would like to do this, but I am also looking at the cost side of a conversion. I would more than likely use the garage/basement as a workshop. Another probably cheaper option would be to add a second floor and use a room on the first floor as a workshop.

This house is in southern WI, and we experience colder winters. Is there a way of insulating this slab from the inside to assist in lowering the heating bill? I heard that slab foundations are more expensive to heat, which I can see due to obvious reasons.

I am getting a very good deal on this house (divorce's are good for first time homebuyers!). I already had a professional inspector go through the house and look it over. Most problems were cosmetic and easy to fix.

Thanks much in advance

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