Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lowering our Basement

So if you live in Washington DC , in an older home, you know what it’s like to walk down into your basement and hit your head on the rafters. Our home was built in 1921 and apparently everybody was four foot eleven back then.

Recently my wife and I decided we wanted to rent remodel our basement so that we could rent it out to someone and make a little extra money. With the kids off at college it only makes sense. After all, Yale University isn’t cheap. The problem is, our basement is only 6 1/2 feet tall and the Washington DC city code says it needs to be at least 7 feet high floor-to-ceiling. Apparently you can’t rent out your basement unless the ceiling is that height and the City considers it habitable.

Basement Lowering Project - Washington DC
This is our basement. Now let’s start digging!

So what does that mean? I guess it means we need to lower our basement. I don’t know if any of you have done research on this or not, but this kind of construction is pretty expensive! Thousands and thousands of dollars just to dig a hole in the basement an extra six inches. Hopefully we’ll be able to make our money back before we die.

So I did what every red-blooded American does nowadays, I hopped on Google and search “Basement Lowering DC” and I found the YouTube video of company in Gaithersburg called and give them a call. They came out the next morning and helped me get past the sticker shock.

It really is going to be nice to have a finished basement for once. Even if we don’t rent it out, we’ll have a nice living space where we can go and enjoy our Netflix and chill!