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John & Carolyn's Story

History

History

This project was a 1935 single family home with poured concrete walls and an unfinished basement. John and Carolyn needed to build an office in the basement to run their business. There were three main concerns, the first floor needed to be structurally supported to accommodate a new center staircase leading to the basement, inadequate head room was road blocking the remodel, and the absence of a waterproofing system for the basement. The challenge here was to accommodate the homeowner’s request of expediting a project with many levels of complexities.

History

The Work

Here’s how we handled this project. Concrete footings for the support columns were installed for the new center staircase. We then proceeded to install concrete underpinning for the full perimeter of the basement. After county inspections were completed, we removed the existing concrete floor and the basement soil was excavated to a depth that created proper head room for a finished office space. A conveyor belt was used to help expedite the installation and keep the project on schedule. A full interior perimeter below floor drainage system and sump pump was installed seamlessly accommodating the new concrete underpinning. Two adjacent crawl spaces were encapsulated to protect the living spaces above. The pouring of a new 4” concrete basement floor was the final step.

Results

The project was completed ahead of schedule with every detail accounted for, so John and Carolyn were able to immediately proceed with their contractor to start the basement remodel. Today, John and Carolyn have the use of a comfortable, dry basement office space with a new wood staircase and never have to think about water in the basement as they operate their business.

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