putting a mh on a basement

What do you want to know about manufactured homes? The worlds greatest collection of expert advice on buying, installing, maintaining and repairing manufactured homes.



Post Reply
christal93
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:08 pm

putting a mh on a basement

Post by christal93 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:09 am

hi, we are planning to put our mh on a basement. what must ask questions are there for the foundation people?

mannymanbo2
Posts: 29
Joined: Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:08 pm

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by mannymanbo2 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:20 am

Is the home provided with a Residential frame or a Perimeter Frame? if not, don't put it on a basement.
Does the home have a factory provided basement entry in the floor?
Where are marriage wall support areas?
Does the home require any vertical tie Downs?
How will the home be attached to the foundation?
Has the contractor considered how the back fill presures will be handled?

christal93
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:08 pm

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by christal93 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:11 am

my home is a 1984 fuqua and i'm not really sure about any of those things

Sylvia
Posts: 55
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:02 am

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by Sylvia » Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:47 am

Christa, we added a basement to our home and it turned out wonderfully. Without knowing previously, nobody would really guess now to look at our home it was anyhthing other than a stick built.

We were very fortunate to find a mason and a excavator who were able to work together well. The mason had plans on hand for a home just like ours.

The problem that manny pointed out is valid. Is there a place inside to access the basement? We ended up having to have stairs down into the lower level from the existing master bedroom. While within a few months when it's converted to a formal dining room it won't be a problem, it is a headache now. Because of the steel beams and the added steel ibeams welded to the existing steel beams (mortared into the masonary walls) there was not a way to put the stairs in a better location.

We added a media room, half bath, laundry room, guest bedroom and master suite. We're working on the master suite now. Hopefully it will be complete by the end of summer.

Whatever you *think* it's going to cost though, it's probably going to be double. Our 36k loan paid for the excavation, walls and waterproofing, steel beams and some plumbing. We probably have put another 15k (at least) out of our regular household budget and credit cards in the past 9 months on other stuff like drywall, wiring, flooring, fixtures, lighting, doors, etc. We are lucky not to live in a major metro area. I'm sure we would have had to pay three times that somewhere else.

Make sure that you plan on living in the home for a LONG long time. The cost of the improvement may end up in the short term making it impossible to sell at anything but a loss. Also, have you discussed this with your lender? They will send out an appraiser to judge whether the cost will be supported and if they'll loan you the money.

Here's a link to pictures of what we had done a month or two ago, the master suite is coming along nicely since then though :~)

http://showcase.netins.net/web/ohmy/basement/

christal93
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:08 pm

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by christal93 » Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:32 am

Sylvia, thank you. your pictures are beautiful. Money wise at least we can live in our mh while it's being fixed up.thank you for answering my questions.

Sylvia
Posts: 55
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:02 am

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by Sylvia » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:17 pm

Christa,
You're welcome, but you may or may not be able to live in it during the process. We were lucky, no vital services were disrupted. Many who redo thier basements are without plumbing and sometimes electricity.
We have a second home we would have been able to use as a backup residence though.

Barkri12
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun May 31, 2009 11:46 pm

Re: putting a mh on a basement

Post by Barkri12 » Sun May 31, 2009 11:49 pm

Whether you go with cheap durable basement flooring or something elegant, determine if waterproofing basement floors is necessary. Mold and mildew resistant basement flooring options abound.

Source Link:
www.waterproofingpa.com

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Exabot [Bot] and 4 guests