When building a ranch house with a basement, select plans that already account for a basement rather than modifying existing plans. Future homeowners will also need to remember to place the house on a foundation rather than a slab in order to have the basement.Continue Reading
Building a house is a complex process, but homeowners that get involved from the start and do their research have an easier time. Ranch style homes are typically rectangular and built on a concrete slab. This is the standard layout, so homeowners will have to look specifically for a set of ranch style plans with a basement. This is because a sturdy foundation is required to hold up the structure of the house over the open basement.
It can also cost a lot of money to add a basement to an already existing slab-built ranch. The contractors not only have to dig the basement but underpin the house and build a foundation. An alternative option is to build an addition onto the ranch with a foundation and place a small basement underneath it for storage.
Plan ahead for unexpected challenges that come with building a house. For instance, the soil may be very sandy or the water table high. This can add extra costs into the budget to correct for when digging out the basement.Learn more about Architecture