We discovered while remodeling this 1920s home that the foundation was deeper than we'd thought and the original basement floor could easily have been poured 8 inches lower: With only 7 feet of available headroom, another 8 inches would make for a much more livable space. Unfortunately, lowering the floor was outside the scope of the project's budget.

The job called for the addition of several new columns and a bearing wall (above) to support the new construction above, so we had to cut through the slab to pour footings. Because the homeowners thought they'd eventually like to lower the basement floor, we made that future work easier by placing the footings about a foot lower than necessary...

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