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Old 04-19-2010, 04:53 PM  
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Default How much would it cost to open up a door in the basement?

I just bought a townhouse. We were interested in looking for a home with walk-out basement, but we couldn't find it at the school location and our limited budget.

We like the one we bought except that its basement it totally underground. We would like to open up a door in one of the basement rooms, and walk up to our backyard. See the attached pic for the layout.

How much would such a project cost? Thanks.



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Your suggestion is very do-able but you can't get an accurate answer here. You should contact a local contractor for a price.

I will tell you that if I were doing it I would charge about$1800.00 and that would include a 3'-0" steel door and frame but I have the necessary tools assuming it is nothing more than a 5" poured concrete steel reinforced wall. If its concrete block the price would be the same. This includes hauling the spoils.

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Your suggestion is very do-able but you can't get an accurate answer here. You should contact a local contractor for a price.

I will tell you that if I were doing it I would charge about$1800.00 and that would include a 3'-0" steel door and frame but I have the necessary tools assuming it is nothing more than a 5" poured concrete steel reinforced wall. If its concrete block the price would be the same. This includes hauling the spoils.
It's red brick wall. Is there concrete outside of this brick wall? I can't tell since it is underground.

The contractor would have to dig the backyard to make room for the walk-up stairs. Do you have the digging tools? If you are close, I am interested in contracting with you for this project.
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I'd say around $1,500 to $2,200 off the top of my head; HOWEVER, this is just a best guess considering we don't have a actual view of the area and able to anticipate issues that may come up. BTW, is the do-able by building codes in your city-county? You must also consider issues with flooding.

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I'd say around $1,500 to $2,200 off the top of my head; HOWEVER, this is just a best guess considering we don't have a actual view of the area and able to anticipate issues that may come up. BTW, is the do-able by building codes in your city-county? You must also consider issues with flooding.
I am not aware that this project may be an issue with my city administration. Gotta find that out.

Yes, some solid measure must be taken to prevent flooding.
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I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention. I was addressing only the door. Now you need someone to also do the excavation and what of the steps and forming walls around the steps. Now you're spending about $7000.00. And no I'm not anywhere near you which is why I say call a local contractor.

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Yes, some solid measure must be taken to prevent flooding.
Now you need to house the stairway? There goes another $1800.00.

I suppose you also want a light and a light switch? In fact code may demand it. Oh-oh, now this has become a $10,000.00 project.
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Ha, you guys are funny, if I won't have the walk-up stairs, what's the point of openning up a door? Oh, yes, if there aren't walk-up stairs, would you still call that a door?

And were you assuming that the walkup stairs already exist to a wall without a door? I don't quite undertand you guys' way of thinking.



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