Locking two buildings together; old, and new build
Full circle? We are looking, again, at adding on instead of building new. I’d appreciate any links to prior discussions on this issue, here or other sites, books, etc. PROBLEM: How do you lock a new and an old foundation/footer together? Presently, we have a 2-story, daylight basement, stick. We are considering adding two stories on the daylight end, essentially just expanding horizontally. This will get everything my wife wants on one floor and leave a huge dungeon for me. I envision drilling holes into the present footers/foundation wall, “gluing” in rebar that sticks out X”, then encasing said rebar in concrete when we pour the base for the new building. I don’t think the sticks part will be too complex to figure out, but locking the bases together seems critical. Either that, or leave 4′ between the two buildings and have a second floor passageway between them; that would be easy to do, but then I guess you’d have to hope the two building “move” together, or, better yet, not at all (HIGHLY preferred). Any links or suggestions on caveats to watch for, think about, etc? Pluses and minuses to building snug-up vs 4′ apart? PS: This is in Fairbanks, AK, and all the ground where the new addition would go is undisturbed.
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