If you build out instead of up to add space to your home, make sure the new foundation is accessable from the old foundation.

So you’ve decided to add some much-needed square footage to your house by pushing your walls out, great idea. If you have the lot to do this on, lucky you. This can dramatically improve the livability of a house without having to add a second story to get more space (because a second story means adding stairs, which are not everybody’s idea of a home improvement).

So you have it all planned out, you can see it now, the spacious living room, the extended bedrooms, maybe even a larger kitchen. Just remember one thing, if you’re original house is on a raised foundation, make sure to plan for access from the old foundation to the new before you go to far.

You see when you add a new raised foundation to an existing raised foundation, you have to make sure the new plumbing and electrical can get from under the original house to the new parts of the house you’re building. It’s easy if you plan for it. Trouble is with general construction in Los Angeles, sometimes people forget, then you have a problem.

Once the floor and walls go up the only way create access to the new part of the house is to crawl under the house (if you have enough space) and break through the old foundation to connect to the new foundation. Or tear up the floor and go at it that way, not a pretty picture either way and a lot of work that could of been avoided.

So make sure the right hand knows what the left hand is doing on the project and create those access points in the foundation before going to far with the rest of the general construction. This will save you time and a lot of headaches.

The Crew at Aim Higher / General Construction Los Angeles

About Eric Anderson LA

Hello, I'm Eric Anderson, digital brand guru and dog fanatic. I'm always interested in new internet projects and when I met this guy who made orthopedic dog beds and wanted a website, well being the dog enthusiasts that I am, I buried myself in the project. To make a long story short, I'm now a partner in the project (love it) and our site is live. Just google orthopawdic and you'll find us. We're a new dog bed company so if you can take a look at the site, our dog bed product and let us know what you think. We need feedback to keep improving our service and product. If you're an animal person, I think you'll like what we're doing. Eric Anderson
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