05:47PM | 05/23/99
I am planning a new addition onto the gabled end of my house where there is a concrete cistern underground. The cistern is 6 ft. away from the house and approx. 3 ft. below grade. The New Addition Plan shows the house being extended out to where it'll sit onto the cistern wall (6 ft. out). Then a porch/or room is being added that will cover the entire cistern. The Architect specifies that the cistern is to be filled in w/compacted gravel fill. This cistern also has had an access built into it with concrete steps that lead from the basement; an existing concrete patio 'caps' the whole area below. As the washer drain and exterior drains flow into this, there is a sump pump in there. There is also our cold-water/well bladder tank in there too. My questions are: Can the house addition rest on a Cistern wall? Is it necessary to fill in the cistern? Some have said that it would probably collect moisture even after filled. And quite frankly, it does serve as a great storm/bomb shelter (all be it, damp) and in the midwest "tornado alley" thats an important feature! Does anyone have any past experience with this, or could offer any information on this?
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