had a very bad experience with a contractor prior
to Rick and Absolute Remodeling, Inc. Rick runs
a professional company and has restored our faith
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The clients found a two-story, non-descript 3,000 square foot house in the
Firethorne section of Charlotte. The house was standing in the way of a new
sub-division plan. Their architect saw great potential in the house and the
price was particularly attractive; it was “free.”
After removing the attached garage and chimney, the house was moved several
miles to an attractive 5-acre rural property and placed on a sloping site
overlooking a pond. The client did not want us to move the house from the
site where it was placed. It had to stay in that exact location.
Our challenge was to dig a basement during a rainy spring season and
construct the entire foundation while the house was jacked up and supported
by the transport beams and cribbing. The basement and footings had to be
excavated by hand and Bobcat and the foundation poured in three stages. The
load had to be carefully transferred from the beams to the new foundation
and piers and the transport beams extracted.
The project entailed adding a large lam-beam and masonry suspended concrete
deck sweeping across most of the back of the house facing the pond. Because
of poor soil conditions, four 8’ to 12’caissons had to be sunk to support
In addition to a full finished basement recreation room and bath, a two-car
garage and shop, a fireplace and chimney and second floor side balcony were
added. The windows and siding were replaced.