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Old 01-11-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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I've worked on some underpins in the past, and I could see that one easily topping $100K, especially in the city........

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If that gorgeous house was around here in So. Cal. the lift would be a min. of 30k. Probably more. There is a huge amount of liability in this kind of project.

I have had several houses moved and/or lifted when I was doing the GC thing so I do speak from some experience.
The lift can be accomplished with little damage to the plaster walls inside if done right and you can still live in the house during all the construction.
Also be forewarned that your landscaping is going to take a real beating with all the heavy equipment coming in to do the lift.

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If that gorgeous house was around here in So. Cal. the lift would be a min. of 30k. Probably more. There is a huge amount of liability in this kind of project.

I have had several houses moved and/or lifted when I was doing the GC thing so I do speak from some experience.
The lift can be accomplished with little damage to the plaster walls inside if done right and you can still live in the house during all the construction.
Also be forewarned that your landscaping is going to take a real beating with all the heavy equipment coming in to do the lift.

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The heavy equipment that lifted my grandmothers house (N. Cal) was 100 feet away, with a lot of hoses going to a lot (about 30) of air jacks.
That was 50 grand, the foundation another 50, and 25 in misc. remodeling and landscaping.
Surprisingly little footprint from heavy equipment.

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:24 PM   #19
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Wow and I thought me needing to redo the seal and weeping tiles around my foundation was a big project. :o

I guess what you need to ask yourself is how much is that house worth? I'm going to guess close to the million mark. That's a really nice big house! So tearing it down and starting over is not an option. Though that's probably what Holmes on Holmes would do in this situation, and I'm sure there's mold in there somewhere... tear it out and redo it! LOL

I suppose a risky but cheaper way would be to dig up the existing foundation in small sections. But that's a lot of risk.... Basically you'd dig a hole maybe 10 feet, take out 10 feet of foundation, pour new in place, and move around. The issue with this is you'd have lot of joints and the house would drop maybe an inch or so gradually and unequally. Concrete poured against solid concrete does not really created a seal either. Then again, it's not any different than cinder blocks, I guess. The tricky part is the footing though, you can't really get away with pouring that in sections, at least I don't think so. Or the sections would need to not line up with the wall sections. Kinda hard to do it that way one part at a time.

I'm no engineer, I'm just throwing that idea out there, it's probably a really bad idea. But might spark better ones?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:29 PM   #20
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I had a house movers out to bid on just jacking the East side of the house. It's settled 9 inches over a 16 ft span. Those bids were all (I mean all 5 of them) $6,000 for jacking and holding.

I guess, in my mind (and granted, I'm not all that experienced with this sort of thing, which is why I'm soliciting others folks perspective) I'm wondering where all that cost goes. I see starkly disparate opinions, from folks who replied that they've actually done it for what I think it would cost, such as cleveman, to other folks who insist it's a 100K job.

This house needs a lot of work.The inside has been mucked up by too many folks doing too many different things. I can't really, seriously, do what I want to do until it's relatively level.

And yes, North East Minneapolis is nearby - 5 miles. I'm there all the time, as that's where the architectural salvage shops are.
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The cost is mostly labor and liability. It's a pretty big and risky job. If something happens, either their fault, or just a freak accident, then I'm guessing they'll pay for all damages, which could potentially be a whole new house depending how catastrophic it is. So that's probably why it's so expensive. They need enough money in the bank to cover such an event.
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The cost is mostly labor and liability. It's a pretty big and risky job. If something happens, either their fault, or just a freak accident, then I'm guessing they'll pay for all damages, which could potentially be a whole new house depending how catastrophic it is. So that's probably why it's so expensive. They need enough money in the bank to cover such an event.
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I should back that up with the next best thing... EXPERIENCE!
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I think you can get a whole house for $100k in MN?

Post pictures of progress when you get started with the project.
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As others have said best thing to do is get 3 quoates from local contractors, Make sure they are quoting the same thing.
Too often I have seen people go with a cheaper quote for the "same thing". But it is not.
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I think you can get a whole house for $100k in MN?

Post pictures of progress when you get started with the project.
You can get a whole house for 100K in Connecticut too, but it won't look like his house.......
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I think you can get a whole house for $100k in MN?

Post pictures of progress when you get started with the project.
There is a HUGE difference between rural Minnesota, and the Minneapolis area.
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So, I have 2 different quotes for 2 different aspects of my house's foundation. A *VERY* big difference is the fact that I am on a crawlspace and do not have intentions of changing - as much as I'd like to, and as much as not having a basement would put me at a disadvantage in a future sale.

The first quote, which I intend to hire, is for lifting, digging and pouring a foundation wall at the perimeter of the house. The quote is for $10,000. My house is overall about 40' x 24', and I don't have a proper foundation.

My house's original construction was in 1917, and the house was originally 24x24. Another 10' was added at the back and 8' at the front for a porch which at some point was enclosed (I don't think it was originally constructed as enclosed, neither am I certain if the porch was part of the original house). The 10' added on back was done in 1942. The original house had a triple 2x6 beam in the center which is supported by columns of loose cement blocks on spread footings. The rest of the house is supported by columns of loose cement blocks sitting directly on dirt.

Back to the second quote, seperate project - As an interim/supplemental step, I have had plans made from an engineer to add beams of triple 2x10 supported by 6x6 posts on 24"x24"x10" spread footings. This is a project I had specified with the intent of doing it myself, but someone was leaving flyers in the neighborhood so I asked them to quote, and their quote for this project was $20,000. I would pay it, I just can't - and I'm finding I'm able to plug along on my own, and by the time I get to the point I'd be able to pay for it I'll be done.

I did ask my cement guy who will be doing the foundation about a basement, and $100k sounds like a typical ballpark - not that I got into specifics in the conversation I had, but just based on our cost-benefit discussion. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the house I'm starting with probably belongs in a dumpster as-is.
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Let us know how that all works out... Sounds to me about a week into the project the contractor walks because he underbid it so bad, but i've been wrong in the past.
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I ended up replacing a section of the foundation that was crawl space. I/3 of the house had a crawl space, and the stone foundation only went 24 inches below grade, instead of the required 42 inches. There was no footing. It was also put on really organic soil, which ended up running about 3-4 feet below grade in some spots.

So I had this part of the house lifted to level. It had settled 8 inches over 16 feet. The foundation was excavated and a new block foundation was put in, full basement height with proper footings.

This has all come in at 1/10th the possible cost tossed about by the engineer who came out to take a look. No general contractor, no engineer.
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