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We have a metal sided wood framed workshop that is 60ft.

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We have a metal sided wood framed workshop that is 60ft. long and 33ft wide with a cement slab floor. We would like to convert it to a house, but the footings do not meet code for that. Roughly what would it cost to redo the footings to code?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
You have a couple of options.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
The first is to recheck how you determined the slab foundation does not meet code.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If it has already been inspected by your local building inspector and they determined it was not suitable then you have no choice but to upgrade
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Having A structural engineer inspect the slab and reccomend how to correct it is an expense that may be worth doing.
(Around $500 is possible)
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
They may even determine that the slab is a suitable foundation.
If not they can give you the information you need to comply with code.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If the slab is a suitable floor (appearance wise and level) it can be reinforced and prepped
for carpet or flooring.'
There is also plumbing that will need to be added.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If doing it yourself you can of course save a lot of money .
You would need to submit a foundation plan and have it approved by the building inspector for your location.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
You would need this whether doing it yourself or hiring a profesional.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
This is a wide range but depending on just basics to meet code or an attractive finished product $6000 to $10000 is about what you are looking at.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Some bids could go as high as $18000 .
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
There are many variables both in appearance and technique.
Labor can be a major factor in the cost which could involve both digging under and jacking the structure.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Take several bids and get several professional opinions before proceeding.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Also do not discount the value of using a structural engineer.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
It would not hurt to check eith more than one for the best price
and options .
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
This is a project where you are likeky to hear several opinions as to how it should be done
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
The main thing is getting it to meet code so you will want a guarantee of that in any contracts you sign to have the work done.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
There are companies that repair and reinforce foundations. If you meet with one of these make sure they will submit a plan to the building inspector and guarantee their work will meet code.