Is a basement out of the question?
I believe I will finally be in a position this summer to start working on my very neglected carriage house. It needs a ton of work, not the least of which is a foundation. It appears to have been built on wooden beams and parts of the building are sitting directly on dirt which has caused the structure to lean backwards. Since there is some digging that will be required to fix the building, I'm thinking it's the perfect opportunity to dig out a basement. The building will be used for recreational entertainment so the basement would be added space for that as well as space for the utilities to live. Does anyone have any thoughts on why it wouldn't work? I live in the downtown area of my city so one friend asked where I would put the dirt that was dug up. No idea. When people build houses, they must put the dirt somewhere so I would guess my dirt would go to the same place!
I guess here is a good place to mention that, while I can easily work a power tool, I am not the least bit handy or carpentry inclined so this is my attempt to educate myself a bit before I start talking to contractors!
Thanks for your help!