costs of raising up a house? (long island, NY)

mobgirl86May 7, 2009

Hi. I'm interested in purchasing a house that has no crawl space, no basement. I was told by the realtor that the house at one point flooded with 4 feet of water. The house is in a bay area in Island Park, NY. The price is reasonable but I have no idea the costs associated with adding a foundation or raising a house up. Does anyone have any advice or ideas of the costs? It's a small house, the lot is only 40x50, a very small 3bdrm "cottage". Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Foundation and raising are two different things. But if you want to raise it four feet above grade, you'll have to go at least four feet into the ground--maybe a lot more with widespread footings or pipe pilings since it's sand everywhere. I'm sorry I can't give local costs, only that it's likely to be prohibitively expensive for a lower end property. (My mother and grandmother were both from Long Beach and I was raised my first five years there in the 1940s. I've been back many times since. But I haven't built there, just tempted by sentiment.)

If you're set on doing it, check with a local architect, designer or engineer before putting in an offer.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 4:21PM
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