Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Want To Expand Your Half Basement Or Cellar? What To Know


If you want a full basement and you only have a half basement or a cellar,  you'll want to talk with a structural engineer.  There are a variety of factors that will determine if you can expand the basement.

 The age of your home, the strength of the structure, and the soil around your property can affect your hopes of getting a full basement. Here are a few things you want to ask the engineer about.

House Structure 

The engineer must determine if the house can stay constructed with the help of supporting beams while the additional space is dug out. You don't want your house to give way while they are digging out a new space, so the structural engineers will look at the frame, foundation and  more. 

Soil Composition 

If the soil around your home has changed a great deal since the house was built and the engineer doesn't think it's possible to add on because of it, you may not be able to do the project. The land may have to be surveyed and tested before any decisions can be made. You may have to bring in a lot of backfill or sand or gravel to help support the structure. 


The city or township will have to give you a permit to do the project. There could be piping or wires in the way or preventing you from getting the project approved, or the city may have other concerns and deny you the permit for the project. 


You'll want to find a concrete company that is willing to take on the project, since there will be a lot of work and some risks. You will also need to find out what the cost will be and get multiple estimates to compare. You'll have to decide if the project is worth the cost you'll have to put into it. 

Adding a basement to the property is going to add a significant amount of money to the property, and it's going to give you the living space and storage space you want. You may not be able to stay in your home while the ground below the house is being removed, but once the house is supported it should be fine to resume living in. If you know you want to explore the option of adding to the current basement that you have, you want to consult the right professionals  right away.


28 January 2016