How long for the foundation to cure and other questions...


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Old 12-27-07, 09:59 PM
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How long for the foundation to cure and other questions...

Ok we finally got an estimate to get our house raised so it will be setting at 4 feet above ground level, so we can put in a foundation wall, to replace the post and pier, which is failing. The contractor didn't give me a time limit on how long the house can stay up for the price of about $10K, so I really need to know. He did say we could live in the house while it was up...but I am not sure I am up to that.

Info: House is 22X28 footprint, and we live in Western (WET) Washington State. We want the crawl space to be a full 24 inches so that even I can get under if needed for repairs.

I have a couple of questions:

How long does the average foundation wall take to cure so we can put the house back down on the wall?

We also want to enclose our deck and make it into a master bedroom/bath. The deck runs the full length of the back of the house, so another 10 feet wide by 28 feet long.

Should we get the other portion, that we hope to enclose foundation wall closed at the same time, and if so, is that something we need to get permits for?

I am totally in the dark about how to go about this whole thing but we hope to only have to pay the contractors for lifting the house and pouring the foundation. Hubby and I are fully capable, and it is legal in our county for us to do all the interior remodeling work on our house, as we are in unincorporated county area.
 

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Ok we finally got an estimate to get our house raised so it will be setting at 4 feet above ground level, so we can put in a foundation wall, to replace the post and pier, which is failing. The contractor didn't give me a time limit on how long the house can stay up for the price of about $10K, so I really need to know. He did say we could live in the house while it was up...but I am not sure I am up to that.

Info: House is 22X28 footprint, and we live in Western (WET) Washington State. We want the crawl space to be a full 24 inches so that even I can get under if needed for repairs.

I have a couple of questions:

How long does the average foundation wall take to cure so we can put the house back down on the wall?

We also want to enclose our deck and make it into a master bedroom/bath. The deck runs the full length of the back of the house, so another 10 feet wide by 28 feet long.

Should we get the other portion, that we hope to enclose foundation wall closed at the same time, and if so, is that something we need to get permits for?

I am totally in the dark about how to go about this whole thing but we hope to only have to pay the contractors for lifting the house and pouring the foundation. Hubby and I are fully capable, and it is legal in our county for us to do all the interior remodeling work on our house, as we are in unincorporated county area.
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Are you taking about a poured concrete wall or a concrete Block foundation atop a poured footing. Just curious. Provided the house moving contractor can lower the structure and keep it level and assuming the the temperature has been moderate to allow a faster hydration and curing of concrete / mortar I would consider a couple of days as reasonable. I have seen it done sooner with block foundations. Poured walls, well it would be a good idea to get the forms off and place cleaned up first. Sometimes, depending on methods used, consideration has to be given to how the building was raised and how equipment and beams are to be removed before house is lowered.

Regarding your question about building permits etc., you are going to have to check out local and state codes as they vary from place to place.

Good luck with your project.

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Old 12-30-07, 08:17 AM
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Thanks for the response BS, I think it will be more poured walls than block, according to what I have seen recently and locally done by the contractors around our area.

I just needed a reasonable guess as for time, because I am partially disabled and not sure how well I will be able to get in and out of the house, while it is up in the air. The contractor who will be doing the raising assured me that folks live in the houses he lifts during the process...but I am a bit worried, since walking and stair climbing is a real problem for me.

As for the foundation and permits, I have since found out that I most likely need to get the permit for the extra wall for enclosing the deck...so that makes for more paperwork

Thanks again for the input. I appreciate it.
 
 

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