Need advice on digging down floor
We are thinking of purchasing a beautiful but small (and expensive) home in Chicago - - we would need to convert the basement into a livable space. Currently, the basement has a 6 foot ceiling, but to accomodate my 6'8" husband we would need to dig down about one foot. The room is 18x27 - W/D in one corner - heater in middle of space. Would anyone have any idea what something like this would cost? We are not DIY types - my Mr. thinks it is a small project, I'm thinking this is an expensive and long undertaking with little return on our investment. Any advice?