How Much Does It Cost to Dig Out a Basement in 2023?
How Much Does It Cost to Dig Out a Basement in 2023?
Updated March 7, 2022
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Adding a finished basement typically costs between $60,000 and $150,000
Be prepared for unexpected costs; the total can rise higher than $200,000
Costs add up while raising the home, excavating, and pouring a new foundation
Adding finished square footage can result in a substantial ROI
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Perhaps you want to expand your house to accommodate more storage or build out a recreational area. Or maybe your home could really benefit from another bedroom and bathroom because your growing family needs more space. If you’re thinking about all the unused square footage potential sitting beneath your home, you might also be wondering if it’s possible to dig out a basement. The good news is that—while it is a more significant investment—you can hire building contractors to lift your house off its foundation, excavate the area, and pour a new foundation for a basement.
Converting a crawl space to a finished, 2,000-square-foot basement typically costs between $60,000 and $150,000—and can quickly climb to more than $200,000 if your home presents particular challenges or you opt for more expensive house-raising methods and basement finishing materials. Let’s dive into this and other cost considerations for digging out a basement.
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How Much Does It Cost to Dig Out a Basement per Square Foot?
Converting a crawl space or excavating a new basement under an existing home entails a substantial amount of home construction work that’s likely to be done by a general contractor and a few different subcontractors. Depending on your home’s age, structure, and other deciding factors there may be some variation from project to project. However, overall, you should expect to pay between $30 and $75 per square foot.
Basement Excavation Cost Breakdown
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Adding a new basement or expanding a crawl space beneath an existing home is a complex process that may entail any number of ancillary jobs and expenses.
No matter where you live, a project that requires you to lift an existing home off its foundation and excavate below will almost certainly require building permits. Given the structural nature of this project, these permits will be pricier than standard ones, so expect a total around $1,200 to $2,000.
Raising or Bracing the House
In order to dig into the earth, contractors will need to lift your home from the ground. There are two different ways of doing this: raising and underpinning.
The simplest, least expensive way of raising the house is for your general contractor to hire a foundation repair specialist to lift it with hydraulic jacks. Depending on the size and condition of your house, the average cost for this step is between $3,045 and $9,379. This is the less expensive option, but it may result in some cracking drywall and damage to your floors and ceilings.
The second method—underpinning—involves bracing the existing foundation footings individually, then raising the structure gradually to limit damage to floors, walls, and ceilings. The process can add up to $20,000 to your project due to significantly increased labor time and effort.
Excavation costs vary based on factors like terrain and the equipment required. Professional excavators will survey the site and make bids on the project. When converting a crawl space or expanding a basement, expect to pay at least $75 and $150 per cubic yard of dirt. Adding 1,000 square feet of the basement will require the removal of about 300 cubic yards of dirt—costing between $22,500 and $45,000. These costs also assume the crawl space floor is unfinished. However, if there’s concrete to break through, expect an additional $500 to $1,500 in excavation costs.
Drainage and Plumbing
Adding a new basement or converting a crawl space requires a plumbing system to make it habitable. Installing plumbing beneath the foundation costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Expanding your drainage system will add between $2,000 and $5,500.
After the space has been dug and the plumbing and drainage set, you can have a new foundation poured for $10,000 to $30,000. That cost includes the floor, the footing, and the walls.
Finishing the Basement
If you plan to finish the basement—a necessity if you want to maximize the space and get a worthwhile ROI—budget an additional $10,000 to $30,000. This amount is determined by the new basement’s size and the quality of materials. On average, finishing a basement runs between $15 and $20 per square foot.
Digging a basement underneath your house involves a number of structural changes, so it’s important to verify that you’ve got the right homeowner’s insurance coverage in place before the project begins. Talk to a home insurance agent to ensure your existing plan applies and covers up to $100,000 to $200,000 for any necessary repairs.
How Much Does It Cost to Dig Out a Basement Yourself?
While operating a skid loader might sound like a lot of fun, there are no circumstances under which you should attempt a DIY basement excavation beneath an existing home. Every step of the process requires specialized expertise and equipment. Given the range of different skill sets involved, hire a trusted general contractor who can oversee the whole project and hire reliable subcontractors, including a structural engineer to keep your project on the right footing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Adding additional square footage to your home will always increase its value. Depending on where you live, converting a crawl space to a finished basement or digging out a new one beneath an existing home can yield a significant ROI. Adding a walkout basement can also lead to a higher ROI. However, the most important consideration is area land values and what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood since high project costs mean that your home’s future selling price must increase significantly
If you have the space to build more on the ground level or upper levels, an addition is significantly less expensive than expanding the basement. A home addition provides the same square footage and ROI benefits. Typical costs for a new home addition run between $20,900 and $72,600.
If you don’t wish to dig it out and convert it into a finished basement, you can still encapsulate your crawl space to protect it from damage—for an average cost of $5,500.
If you don’t have a crawl space but a partial basement you want to make deeper, you can expect to spend a little less—between $50,000 and $90,000 on average. However, if you’re not adding new finished square footage, you won’t see much in the way of ROI.
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How much will it cost for a basement extension under my garden?
13 July 2018
If you have a set of existing rooms or a cellar space under your house, a standard basement conversion may be the most cost-effective option to make this space usable. However, to retrofit a basement by digging out underneath your property will cost significantly more. There is a third option; to create a basement extension under your garden. Whilst not as cheap as a standard conversion, it is cheaper than digging deep under the foundations and has a range of benefits including the ability to borrow natural light.
When it comes to pricing it up, however, the basement extension under garden cost can differ depending on a range of factors, chief of which is size. But because there’s no underpinning involved, you can generally work on a basement conversion under a garden costing half as much as digging directly under your property. That’s because there’s a significantly reduced risk of structural damage.
Basement extension under garden cost factors
There are a number of factors that can impact on the cost of any basement extension:
- The only limit to the size of your basement is the size of your garden. A larger basement obviously costs more.
- Light wells that provide plenty of natural light can add to the cost.
- External access to your basement can add to the cost.
- Access issues can bump up the cost.
- A high water table is a key factor in pricing your excavation.
- Certain types of soil will have a negative impact on the excavation of your under garden basement and can increase costs.
- Diverting drainage and sewers can be a costly procedure if you need to do this.
Additional fees and costs
You’ll need to budget for:
- Architect’s fees, which can be as much as 15% of the cost of the entire build.
- Structural engineer’s fees which will depend on the overall size and complexity of the project
- Planning applications aren’t always necessary, but research your local authority planning portal and budget for them just in case.
- Survey fees for water table, soil and geology, trees and drains can be several hundred pounds each.
Is the cost of a basement conversion under my garden worth it?
Obviously it’s a subjective decision, but there are several benefits to this style of basement conversion that make it well worth considering. Apart from the opportunity to add a large living space, depending on your budget, garden basement conversions are lighter, faster to create and fresher than those directly under your property. There’s also a much lower structural risk to both your and your neighbour’s property.
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Requirements for buildings
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Features of pre-fabricated structure
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Among the main advantages of partnerships with ROSSPETSHOLOD companies is our many years of experience in various areas, including prefabricated construction of objects of various types and purposes, for example, kindergartens. We build hangars, warehouses, change houses, mobile security checkpoints, houses from modular block containers for rotational residential camps. We also carry out the construction of shopping malls and small pavilions, car services, car washes, workshops, hostels and other structures, including schools and kindergartens. In Moscow, we have our own modern production of elements of prefabricated structures for construction, which allows us to minimize their cost and guarantee high quality to our customers. We offer our customers loyal prices for materials for the construction of kindergartens, equipment and services, favorable conditions for long-term partnership. Our capabilities allow us to offer a full range of services for the design and construction of modern turnkey prefabricated buildings, the choice of technologies for any customer requirements. We implement only the most profitable solutions based on individual requirements for the design and layout of a prefabricated kindergarten. To do this, we have a large selection of ready-made construction projects, as well as experience and competence for the preparation of individual projects.
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Extensions to a private house – projects from Alfaplan, drawings for construction
The concept of luxury in a private house is subjective, depending on the tastes and preferences of the owners. But everyone wants to embody something special in their home that will meet their ideals of comfort and well-being, and a variety of functional options and extensions come to the rescue.
What can be considered luxury in a private house? To decide, we will assume that this is the presence of all extensions – optional premises that go beyond what is necessary. Necessary: living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, boiler room, as well as an entrance area with a hallway and a wardrobe, and halls.
The most common option that goes beyond this is the sauna. But such a functional extension is somewhere on the border of the necessary and luxury, for the Finns it is a necessary room in the house, with us it is very common. In our buildings with extensions, there are many options, both projects of one-story and two-story cottages with a sauna.
Another option that I also put on the borderline of luxury is rooms with a second light. The second light brings a unique atmosphere of spaciousness and airiness into the interior of the house, turns the house from an “apartment” into a “cottage”. Our architectural bureau has a large collection of projects with rooms with a second light and a balcony on the 2nd floor.
Among the premises or extensions that can endow a private house with elements of luxury, the following can be distinguished:
- Gym – equipped with modern fitness equipment, decorated with designer elements and lighting, sauna and massage area.
- Cinema – equipped with modern acoustics, a projector with a high resolution screen, and comfortable chairs.
- Billiard room – bright spacious room with a quality billiard table, luxurious mirror, stylish chandeliers and furniture. A billiard room is most often located in the basement, or in a furnished attic above the second floor.
- Pool – indoor pool with countercurrent, hydromassage, waterfall, lighting and temperature control. At present, this is also an affordable luxury, as modern technologies make it possible to build and equip a pool at an affordable cost.
- Winter Garden – a heated extension with a glass roof and glass walls, where you can enjoy the garden all year round. This is a very atmospheric, beautiful addition to the house. The cost of a square meter in a winter garden is not lower than the cost of a square meter. meters in the warm contour of the building. In our catalog there are projects of cottages with outbuildings for arranging a winter garden.
Each of the listed premises or extensions is distinguished by its unique atmosphere, design and equipment, which allows you to endow the object with elements of luxury, depending on the personal preferences of the owners. It is very important that a private residential household, a country house or a summer residence provide its inhabitants with the quality of life they want. Therefore, when choosing a project, I would advise you to think not only about the rational side, but also about the luxury and comfort that the right option or extension will provide you with.
Our catalog includes interesting options for spacious and small houses with various types of outbuildings – a veranda, a terrace, a winter garden, a balcony, large panoramic windows and other popular “options”, as well as engineering and utility rooms (boiler room, basement, shed or garage for cars). If you need more additional information about ready-made standard projects with extensions, the cost of design services and terms, call at any time or leave a request on the company’s website for a call back.