Can we backfill a basement and then do slab on grade?

susannahandjared mcisaac

We have significant water issues, and would like to 'get rid of' our basement. We wondered about 'backfilling' our basement, raising the house to second story height, and building a new ground floor on a slab on grade foundation, so to speak. We live in a high ranch, with the front door cut into the existing foundation, so the idea would be to bring the foundation to "level" (tying in door, window spaces)  and then having a slab at that height, which would put us well above water. Of course this would need to be engineered. But, going into the process, could you offer insights or advice about this potential approach? Would we be better to just dig the basement up and try to bring the grade of the entire property up? 

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