Convert Your Ugly and Useless Crawlspace into a Spacious New Besement!
If you are currently stuck with a grimy, dirty crawlspace and a house with limited space, there is a perfect solution you may not have realized was available.
Often a home’s space is limited by zoning laws that prohibit room additions. Either there are height restrictions or historical preservation laws that inhibit the homeowner from expanding on their property. When you can’t build out or up, the only direction to go is down. So why not transform this wasted, nasty space into a roomy, comfortable area for your family to enjoy by turning your crawlspace into a basement?
This is a great option in home remodeling that you may have never had before. You can add hundreds of square feet to your home and put it to any use you would like. Extra bedrooms for your growing family or guests, a home theatre system, an exercise area, a home office, or anything else you can imagine. No matter what you add, the value of your home will certainly increase and you will have more house space to enjoy.
Crawlspaces, simply put, are a waste. First, when you purchase your home you pay for this space below your feet because the purchase price includes everything from the ground to the top of the house. However the crawlspace is never put to good use. Second, the crawlspace draws energy from the rest of your home allowing conditioned air to escape, which drives up your energy bill.
In addition to being wasteful, crawlspaces can also be a unhealthy because the humidity trapped inside them is a breeding ground for mold and mildew Because of the way the air circulates through the crawlspace, fungal growth can be carried up into your living room. High moisture in a crawlspace causes problems with hardwood floors and also accelerates the decay of any other wood in your home.
It is a delicate process, but put into the hands of an experienced company with the proper equipment, it can be done to perfection. Companies that specialize in foundation and structural repairs work with engineers and architects on a regular basis to solve unique structural problems for homeowners. Over time, the ability to excavate beneath a home and construct a basement, where there was once a crawlspace, came to light and has since been successfully applied in many homes.
First, the company will meet with you to determine how you want to use the new space and create a design for the new basement based on your budget and your particular needs. Planning ahead to determine where supports will be placed and how the support system will work best is crucial to your satisfaction. The planning phase is extensive and may include the assistance of an engineer and an architect to ensure all aspects of the project are well thought-out. For instance, if you’re going to use the space to add bedrooms they’ll make sure there is no support pole in the middle of a guest room. However you wish to use the space, there are creative ways to place the foundation supports to make sure they aren’t in your way.
Second, the company will determine the footprint of the home, which is determined by the foundation walls. Your new basement will be built two feet inside the footprint of the home, leaving support for the space above and protecting the original foundation.
Third, the hole will be dug a little at a time, adding temporary supports along the way. This process is similar to building a mineshaft. Once the excavation is complete, a retaining wall will be built to prevent the surrounding soil from shifting over time.
Part of the construction also includes creating a drainage system to keep the basement dry. Basements are like shallow water wells. When it rains and the ground water levels rise, the water flows from high-pressure areas to low-pressure areas like water wells or basements. To keep this water from collecting below your home, a drainage system needs to be in place to route rainwater away from your basement. This drainage system will be discreetly placed outside the new basement wall, completely out of sight and will keep your basement dry for life.
Because these drainage systems are so reliable and the construction of these basements is done so meticulously, they generally come with a guarantee of 50 years or the useful life of the house. This far exceeds most new home warranties that are typically for five or ten years.
The best part about converting your crawlspace into a basement is that it doesn’t require you to be displaced from your home for any amount of time and the other disruptions in your life are minimal. A good company will have the respect toclean up when they leave to the point you may not even know they were there, other than the amazing fact that you now have a basement!
To contact a company that can increase your living space and the value of your home by removing an unwanted crawlspace, you can contact Engineered Solutions at (678) 290-1325. They offer 23 years of experience in foundation restoration and waterproofing, and they can also effectively provide solutions to many other types of structural repairs.
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