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Moving a historic building through the narrow streets of New York City certainly isn’t an easy task. Each job we undertake is unique in its own way and requires our complete attention to every detail, whether it’s a three-story barn, a 300-ton sycamore tree, or a triple-brick mansion built in 1858. Our years of experience and use of modern building moving technologies have served our customers very well. We welcome the opportunity to complete any structural moving project, no matter how large or small.

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House Lifting & Building Raising

Residential House Being LiftedWolfe House & Building Movers has the latest and best in structural lifting technology in their Unified Hydraulic Jacking System. The hydraulic jacking pump synchronizes the pressure to the jacks so that the whole building will lift evenly without racking. This keeps the cracks in the drywall or plaster to a minimum and sometimes nonexistent.

There are many scenarios where lifting your home can be a viable option. Some of the most common examples are flooding, short basement/crawlspace, adding another story, and commercial renovation.

Flooding

Each year different areas of the country get more rain than what the local rivers, canals and storm drains can handle. If your home or local business is in one of these areas and has been flooded once or many times, we can help. You will need to find out from the town where the 100-year flood plain is for your property. Lifting above this level will give you added protection from the big storms and many times will cut your flood insurance drastically. Sometimes houses need to be raised just one block (8″) and sometimes they need 12′ or more. No matter what height you would like to lift your structure, Wolfe House and Building Movers can handle your project with ease and support it in place while your mason builds the foundation underneath. Read this page about flood elevation to learn more.

Adding Head Room to Your Basement/Crawlspace

If you live in a house with only a 6′ basement, a partial basement or even just a crawlspace, than this service could be an excellent choice for you. In this case there are two different options or combinations that can happen. Option number one is to raise your house to an elevation that gives you the desired head room in your basement area. Option number two is to support your house right where it is and excavate below it for the desired basement space. Any combination of those two options is possible and we at Wolfe House & Building Movers would be happy to discuss those options with you to figure out what the best solution would be. Also, it would be wise in many cases to consult an architect for a professional opinion on what option should be chosen.

Adding Another Story

Many people don’t realize that adding a second or third story under a lifted house can be a viable option. This option means that you don’t have to waste time and money in removing and rebuilding a perfectly good roof as well as cleaning or remodeling the story under the roof. Wolfe House Movers can lift the existing structure up 9′ to 12′ to just above the new desired height. A new wood floor system is then built on the existing foundation walls and exterior frame walls set in place. Once all the bearing points are in place, we will return and set the house down onto the newly constructed first floor.

Commercial Renovation

When your business needs more space there are several solutions that we can help with. We can lift the roof of your structure up to give you added height. Whether you have a residential type building or a large warehouse roof, Wolfe House & Building Movers have the expertise and the equipment to lift the roof up 1 foot or 30 feet to give you as much space as you can use. If it suits your purposes better, we can raise your building from any point in the wall rather than an entire building lift or just a roof lift.

Concrete Slab Floors

Although concrete slab floors seem to be immovable, Wolfe House Movers have lifted and moved many structures including their concrete floors. For a residence or a business; if the building is nice inside and you can’t afford to be out of it long at all, we can lift the slab floor right up with the building. Once lifted, there must be at least a 4′ crawl space built under it and permanent steel beams set underneath it every 5′ for support. The alternate to lifting the slab floor would be to lift the house up off of the slab. This would require the entire lower floor of the house to be emptied (lower cabinets, furniture, appliances, bathroom fixtures, etc.) and the steel lifting beams to be installed through the frame walls at approximately 3′ to 4′ above the floor. Once the house is lifted, the foundation walls can be built up and a new wood floor system built. Then the house will be set back down onto the wood floor system. This will require a significant amount of remodeling (drywalling, painting, etc.) to be done on the lower 4′ of the walls.

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