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.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Walk-out basement design
Building a house in western Massachusetts -- it will...
Mysterious Concrete Box in Basement
I am considering placing an offer on a house (built...
FG & Rim Joist Insulation --- HELP!!!
Help - My builder (doing a fire rebuild) wants to put...
Walkout Basement in Texas
Greetings to all! I have a sloping lot on Lake Conroe...
water leakage under drywall in basement
We just bought a new home. Originally built in 1907,...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™