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Question DetailsAsked on 3/14/2016

Do you have any reviews or information on David Benedict Concrete out of Delphi, IN? See below for our project.

We are lifting an 1875 house, excavating it (removing the debris of the old floor, and brick walls) that is 66' X 24'. We are then pouring new standard 9' walls and pouring a new concrete floor. We will need new footers poured. We will need the outside water proofed. We will need sump pits and drainage for water removal. We are also adding a walk-out on the side of the house. it will be 12' long and have steps going down to the basement door. We will have one basement window egress because of a bedroom we are putting in the basement. I think this pretty much covers it. What should this cost?

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Looks from commercial company directories that Benedict Concrete is his company name - I do not find an Angies List listing for him though.

Do you have an engineer (or architect/engineer firm) working this job - certainly sounds like you need one, and they can help with conceptual and construction cost estimates. Jobs like this commonly cost in the $20-50,000 range with wood houses, brick or stone construction can run into the $50-200,000 range with older unreinforced construction.

And normally you would be using an experience foundation repair company with EXTENSIVE whole-house foundation replacement experience, or a house mover with ditto, as the General Contractor on the job, not a concrete company (though they might use a concrete sub for the foundation construction). Certainly a normal concrete company would not have the competency for this type of job.

EMPHASIS on the experienced thing - because with a brick house (if I am right about this being brick oncstruction rather than brick foundation) built in the 1800's, this is a MAJOR rehabilitation job - brick houses are not tolerant of being jacked up like wood ones are. On projects like this that I designed the fix for in the past we either underpinned the wal with new foundation construction in short (typically 3 foot or less) segments (so VERY labor intensive) or first built a reinforced and post-tensioned concrete grade beam all around the base of the brick walls and tied into them (piece by piece concrete construction, a few feet at a time) to stabilize the brick walls, then jacked it up with steel beams under the grade beams, then built the new foundation and lowered it onto it. Costs were into the several hundred thousand $ in each case.

You mention waterproofing the outside of the foundation walls and drainage (presumably you mean underslab drains and sump pump) - don't forget a french drain OUTSIDE the foundation walls also to eliminate the water as much as possible BEFORE it can get under the foundation/slab - ideally draining to free surface with proper frost protection but in some cases requires a wet well with sump pump. Lots of comments in response to questions on that issue in the Home > Basement Waterproofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

If this is a project of love for the house, so be it - but if treating it as a fixer-upper be careful about how much money you put into it, because this type of project can commonly cost in the same range as buying or building a house that has the exact features you want, with much less risk.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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