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Old 10-18-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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House 100 years old, basement is more of a dungeon with brick. North Dakota country home.

What is everyones opinion on wooden basements. Please back up with facts, we are truely looking for solid wise advice.


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There is tons of information on finishing basements on here and elsewhere. Do some searching and a lot of reading and you will find all that you need.

The first place to start though: Is the basement dry?

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Please back up with facts, we are truely looking for solid wise advice.
That leaves me out.

Why don't you go to your local building inspection office and tell them what you want to do and maybe after they stop rolling in the floor they can give you some "solid wise advice".
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Lefte, you mean use wood as the structure, vs the stone foundation that is down there.
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Lefte, you mean use wood as the structure, vs the stone foundation that is down there.
No, I'd assume that they mean their current foundation is built from wood, not stone, block concrete, masonry, etc...

The last time I worked in N. Dakota, the only allowable options per code was either a poured concrete foundation of pressure treated wood foundation. We had all intentions of building the addition from CMU, but got shut-down on the idea from the bldg. dept. Apparently, wood foundations are quite acceptable and common there.
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Say what?Breaks me up, sorry.
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Bud http://www.toolbase.org/Technology-I...od-foundations Sad thing is, they probably only last what, 30 or so years. This just screams throw away homes. Old info from the sister site http://www.contractortalk.com/f4/wooden-basement-8866/
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Had a lot of contact with ND and its inhabitants over the years and this is the first I have ever seen of such a thing. Gives me the willys. I'm still shiver-in and LMAO. I guess if a fire occurs and there is a total loss then it is a real "total loss".


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House 100 years old, basement is more of a dungeon with brick. North Dakota country home.

What is everyones opinion on wooden basements. Please back up with facts, we are truely looking for solid wise advice.


Thanks in advance.

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Before you get, "solid wise advice", you'll need to be more detailed in what you want. You can't get good advice with a short cryptic post.
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Lefte, you mean use wood as the structure, vs the stone foundation that is down there.
Sorry everyone,
More details... I have a basement made of brick. The brick basement is over 100 years old. It is decaying and starting to fail. It needs to be fully replaced to include lifting the house digging all the old brick and dirt out to a level of 7 or 8 feet. Drain tile will be placed in the house and out as well. I have the choice of a wooden basement with all the trimmings from a contractor that I trust vs the option of a poured concrete basement. The floor in either one would be 5 inches with fill.

I am looking for the good the bad and the ugly on using a wood basement vs a poured basement. While the majority of the job is NOT a DIY, the finishing etc would be and I am polling this knowledgeable group for history, wisdom and advice. Taking all that into my decision making process to:
A. Spend wisely
B. Not repeat in my lifetime (46 years old).
C. Not cause loss of house value.

Thanks and I hope this answers the questions to the questions, and again I appreciate all you can provide.

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Gave you the links. As for bad & ugly, that describes it. Go with block foundation, since it will last as long as concrete, but can be done a lot easier. As for jacking up the home & digging, that right there could send the costs up to thousands of dollars more than you may have budgeted. House moving companies would be the best in getting the home raised and on cribbing.
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A poured concrete basement will last. I would not consider a wood foundation if it was put in for free.
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Lefte, you may be thinking of a Permanent Wood Foundation:

http://woodfoundations.com/
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Initial estimate for full wood replacement basebent and foundation is $37,000 wich I can afford. Poured basement would run upward of $55,000.

Thanks to everyone so far for your input,

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"Poured basement would run upward of $55,000."

That seems really high. How many estimates have you gotten?

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