Originally Posted by chirpie
I re-read his post and you're right, he's thinking 12' walls means 12' ceilings. (It doesn't work that way, particularly for a garage slab, a lesson I learned the hard way.) But builders really do a poor job of making this obvious to someone who isn't doing this for a living.
If I'm the "he"...
I guess I never considered *which* dimension they were talking about prior to this conversation. I definitely know that I need to be more specific in the future though, so thanks MUCH!
We have been doing a few more home tours over the last couple of weeks, and I realized that the conversation generally went something like this:
Us: Are these 9'? Or 10?
Builder: There's 10' ceilings on the first floor, 9' in the basement.
Us: Is it possible to change the ceiling height?
Builder: Yes, we could make the 2nd floor and basement 10' for an additional cost.
Us: Cool, now let's say we wanted a section of the basement to be 12' or more.
Builder: I'm not sure, I know we've done something like that in the past, but you're looking at adding an engineering fee and having specialty blueprints made.
Us: No problem. Now, what if I wanted you to excavate under the garage, and have that be another room?
(5 minutes later, as we're leaving)
Me: Whelp, that rules them out