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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 months ago.
You have a couple of options.
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 months ago.
The first is to recheck how you determined the slab foundation does not meet code.
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago.
You would need this whether doing it yourself or hiring a profesional.
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 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 12 months ago.
Some bids could go as high as $18000 .
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 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 12 months ago.
Take several bids and get several professional opinions before proceeding.
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 months ago.
Also do not discount the value of using a structural engineer.
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 months ago.
It would not hurt to check eith more than one for the best price
and options .
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 months ago.
This is a project where you are likeky to hear several opinions as to how it should be done
Expert:  Machinc replied 12 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 12 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.