Extending A Basement’s Foundation.

If you have read some of my previous posts you know that I am in the process of increasing the depth of the basement of a townhome that I purchased. The original height of the basement was around 7 feet, and my goal is to increase that to around 8 feet. To do this I...

Cutting A Concrete Foundation.

As you may recall from my recent posts I’m lowering the floor in a basement. This process has presented problems and challenges. A home’s foundation has a footing on the bottom that helps distribute the weight of the foundation. When I excavated below the...

A Temporary Basement Water Discharge System.

My attention has been focused on lowering the basement of a townhome that I purchased.  This has been a complicated process that has involved many steps. The concrete floor was removed and both the sump system and the waste water ejector system had to be...

Another Unpleasant Surprise-Disconnected Drain Tiles

The 1970s townhome that I’m remodeling has been full of surprises. Many of them are the result of shoddy workmanship, and this is especially evident when that work is hidden. The townhome has a partial basement that is about seven feet deep. Although adequate, I...

Using A Demolition Hammer To Remove Old Ceramic Tiles

The townhome that I’m renovating has a basement that is below one-half of the main level. The rest of the main level, including the kitchen, is on a concrete slab. I’m converting the living spaces into a large great room, and I have to remove the kitchen...