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Old 12-26-2011, 01:35 AM   #16
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Why must the basement go *under* the entire house?

It's not just a matter of digging out an opening that's adequate without weakening the home's support and foundation - but adding in drainage and other such measures. . . wouldn't it be easier to set it off the side and not underneath?

But I wouldn't even attempt it - anything subterranean is where I don't tread as a DIYer.
You know, you do have really good points.

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Why must the basement go *under* the entire house?

It's not just a matter of digging out an opening that's adequate without weakening the home's support and foundation - but adding in drainage and other such measures. . . wouldn't it be easier to set it off the side and not underneath?

But I wouldn't even attempt it - anything subterranean is where I don't tread as a DIYer.
And why is it that you drive on a Parkway, but park on a driveway? Should it not be the other way around.
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Why is it you think you even need a basement. It's a hole in the ground that will alway be a pain from moisture to mold issues. Need more room then just add on or build a garage. I've been living in the south with a high water table and have never once missed having a basement. Just look around this site with post from hundreds of people asking how to get water from coming in.
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And why is it that you drive on a Parkway, but park on a driveway? Should it not be the other way around.
The "Park" in "Parkway" refers to "Park" as a noun and not a verb.

Eventhough I just capitalized it.

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Why is it you think you even need a basement. It's a hole in the ground that will alway be a pain from moisture to mold issues. Need more room then just add on or build a garage. I've been living in the south with a high water table and have never once missed having a basement. Just look around this site with post from hundreds of people asking how to get water from coming in.
Agreed here - I don't have one and don't want one purely for this reason.
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Sometimes - better off to jack up house, move house, dig basement, put in basement, put house on.
Actually....they do that a lot. Especially in Canada.

One of the reasons for basements is because you need to get your foundation below the frost line to prevent frost heave.....in places like Canada, you have to go do 4-5'...so might as well go down 4' more and make a basement. It actually works out to be pretty cheap square footage.

Would I dig out my crawl space to make a basement? Not here in California....we have this local thing called earthquakes....does funny things to soil....
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:41 PM   #21
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Does anybody know if there is a required amount of space that should be left next to an existing footer when digging a basement in a crawl space so as to not undermine the existing footing? I live in Greenville, SC and am a framer by trade so I am familiar with construction but not dont have any knowledge it this peticular area.
I've done similar projects in the past, and I can tell you that you're likely going through the most amount of work possible to gain poor square footage, if that's what you're after.

If you are a carpenter, I'd highly consider adding on to the house on the first or second floor, as it will fit into your skill-set far better and bring far more value when you're completed with it.

Otherwise I'd suggest raising & supporting the house temporarily and install a full basement the correct way.

Good luck on whatever you choose.............

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