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Basements - Overview of Adding a Basement

Adding a basement can double your living space. Although step by step detailed instructions of installing a basement is beyond the scope of this book, this broad overview will give you a good idea of how the job is completed to build a wooden basement.

A very skilled handyman could do much of the work himself, even dig the basement with a skidsteer. If you're contemplating doing this project yourself, purchasing a good used skidsteer would be highly recommended. If you had no use for a skidsteer once the project was completed, simply sell it and you'd likely recover most of your purchase price. In this case, buying a skidsteer would definitely be cheaper than renting as you'll need it for 3-6 months.

Preparing the Site

basements - overview of adding a basement Step 1 - Prepare to lift the home by removing skirting and disconnecting utilities (left).

Step 2 - Hire a house mover to slide beams underneath and then lift the home 4-6 feet up in the air where it will stay throughout the process (both photos below).

add a basement overview of adding a basement

basement addition Step 3 - Dig a ramp to access the underneath of the home with a skidsteer (left).

addition of a basement Step 4 - Dig and remove the dirt from underneath the home. In this picture, one skidsteer was used to break-up the dirt using a fork attachment while the other hauled it out (left).

Expect the digging to take almost a week with 1 skidsteer; 3-4 days with two (below left).

Don’t underestimate how much dirt will come out (below right).

overview of basment addition adding a basement addition

Building the Basement




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