Low ceiling height in basement of period property

Is it possible to “dig down” to increase the height of a basement room and is this prohibitively costly and complicated?

I’m currently considering a 2-storey over basement period property with the kitchen in basement. The ceiling height in basement is only about 6ft6’, which probably contravenes fire safety regs. There are coal cellars off the basement and fireplace so presume the ceiling height is due to the age of the building. The hot water tank also is in the basement. The ceiling is beamed .

I sold a house with a low-ceiling basement some years back.
The new owners decided to do exactly as you suggest and dig down.

Unfortunately after less than one foot, they struck a flowing river.
Do your homework beforehand and make sure you don’t fall foul of the same problem.

am nervous of digging down in case of uncovering problems such as this or causing issues with the foundations. I suppose we could leave the basement as it is and use for utility room / storage ??

Could it be this property by any chance?

myhome.ie/residential/brochu … n-4/267274

:laughing:

Classic.

Things-your-engineer-won’t-notice-and-you-can’t-sue-him-for-after-the-event #19.

A basement in Sandymount? Between the Dodder and the Irish Sea? I don’t like the sound of that. A crowd like this would give you an estimate of the risks and the costs…

The Basement Specialists.

If it is, get in touch…

Same happened when Wrights took over the basement of Howth DART station to develop it into a pub - hence now the pubs name ‘The Bloody Stream’ .

Intrigued … can you share with us all? I have been keeping an eye on this area but I am worried about flooding.

We were also interested, and the agent told us that there was an engineer’s report to say that the water table wasn’t too high, so you could dig down. That said, the upstairs rooms’ ceilings are also very low: take a look at the eavestroughing and the top of the window - that’s where the inner ceiling is. In any event, we chose not to pursue, DH and I being both 6 feet tall, with two kids who are eventually also going to be tall…

it’s actually this property in harolds cross; not the one in Sandymount
daft.ie/searchsale.daft?id=655945
have just got a refurb estimate of €200k from engineer friend.
the only thing not wrong with is subsidence - otherwise lots of damp and bowed floor with rot upstairs; what will this sell for I wonder?
EDIT: this property has never been in units and was lived in by a elderly man until last year.

Looks interesting. Refurb cost might be a bit on the high side. The back of the house would be quite dark because of the ‘extension’/return on the back of the neighbouring house to the left. Parking would be an issue. Might be worth having a nosy at what the neighbours did with their basements.

the bowed floors upstairs with rot in floorboards and joists are concerning me the most. obviously they would all have to be replaced along with roof. anyone any experience of doing this successfully? engineer guy was horrified at prospect!

It can all be done- but it costs. Remember when professionals give prices for work, they are usually thinking of approximate contract values. You, as the client, have to add vat to those figures, professional fees including architects, engineers, other consultants who may be required eg for specialist conservation or damp, add vat to all their fees, add a contingency to the contract value for unforseens which there nearly always are with refurb jobs. Then, factor in renting another place whilst planning is obtained, detail design worked out, costs are got, a contractor is appointed, you wait for them to start, and then finally you wait for them to finish. All this time you will be paying the mortgage on the new place.