Can You Dig It? – Practical Considerations for Basement Renovations

Now that everyone is settling into working and spending substantial amounts of time at home for the foreseeable future, we are experiencing an increased interest in basement projects for people looking to create additional working or living space within their homes. There are a variety of issues one should consider, however, in the process of determining if this type of work makes sense for you.  Cost, feasibility, and practicality are important considerations before launching forward into the world of basement renovation.

Low foundation walls on the left side allowed for tall windows in this basement apartment.
Low foundation walls on the left side allowed for tall windows in this basement apartment.

Direct access between the street and the garage makes the excavation process much easier.
Direct access between the street and the garage makes the excavation process much easier.

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Unearth Your Home’s Hidden Treasures

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If you were like many families in the Bay Area when the current shelter in place (SIP) order came through, you probably had thoughts about what it is going to be like to hunker down in your home for the majority of your day. While there was time to consider transitioning to this new normal, one can never be fully prepared to experience the concentrated time in the same space. Especially for an unknown period of time.

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Oakland Foundation and Basement Remodel Work Continues During Shelter In Place

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We are all still working at Jim Gardner Construction.

We are lucky to still be continuing with ongoing projects in these difficult times. Fortunately, as we generally work in the unoccupied parts of homes and are able to keep up with social distancing requirements that makes it feasible. Read More

Basement Home Additions – Can You Dig It?

Now that the real estate boom in the Bay Area has subsided, more people are focusing on making long-term repairs and improvements to their existing homes. When these projects involve the creation of more living space, the standard approach has been to build an addition. These are either second-story additions, additions behind the existing residence, or a combination of the two. Read More