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Old 04-11-2007, 06:19 PM
 
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Hi,

We are contemplating buying a 2-family house in Queens (building size is 18x40).
But the property does not have any basement at all. How much would it cost to do the digging, and put the walls, ... etc? Does anyone know a contractor or a company that can do that?

Thanks in advance.
Sam
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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Yikes!! It would probably cost a fortune and chances are the builders did not include a basement for a reason (high water table etc).

What neighborhood is the house located?
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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How old is this house? I've never seen a regular house in the area that lacked a basement of some sort.
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:57 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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How old is this house? I've never seen a regular house in the area that lacked a basement of some sort.
Isn't it so that all the original Levitt homes were built without basements?
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I have no clue, but that would be very interesting if true. I've lived in this area all my life and I don't think I have ever seen or even heard of a house that lacked a basement.

Even the really old houses usually have a basement although the walls are made out of uneven stone and are usually quite dank/dirty.
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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The house is located close to Northern Boulevard, Woodside Queens.
It was built in 1950, I believe. I noticed that there were three tress in the backyard and one in the front yard. Does it have anything to do with the fact there is no basement?
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The Bronx
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I once saw a cartoon drawn by Bill Mauldin (the "Willie and Joe" cartoonist from the WWII vintage service paper, "Stars and Stripes") that depicted a guy, his wife, and their kid at the entrance to a movie house, and the guy is saying, "never mind what showing - we want to move in for a week."

The post war housing shortage was incredibly intense, they were cutting all kinds of corners to get people roofs over their heads.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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talk to a registered architect, to do something like that you'll need to file with the department of buildings.
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:41 PM
 
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There might be a good reason the house doesn't have a basement - some areas in Queens flood regularly...
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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if its not flooding problems. there might be pipes or other kind system like a sewer traveling underneath your house. if that not the problem, dont include a basement beause it will cost a fortune to build one and chance to ruin the house you just bought.
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