12:03PM | 01/03/05
Member Since: 01/02/05
2 lifetime posts
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
172 lifetime posts
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
2 lifetime posts
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

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon