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Basement Underpinning

Most basements of older homes within the older areas of our cities and towns are not high enough to walk around comfortably. - In many of these century homes and pre 1940 homes the basement was often referred to as the 'cellar' and was used as a utility space where such items as the furnace, (coal storage / oil tank storage in older homes), water heater, breaker panel or fuse box, systems were located.

With proper engineering and modern construction and waterproofing technologies it is possible to convert these basement storage spaces into livable space by lowering the basement floor and waterproofing the foundation.

Are you considering having your basement lowered to increase the basement ceiling height and gain some additional living space?
Are you avoiding remodeling and finishing your basement because the ceiling height is too low or the floors are buckled and cracked and the walls are damp or have water leaks?

Does your home have a crawl space that you would like to convert to a full height basement?

If you are looking to add space to your home, lowering the basement to add additional ceiling height may be the solution.

You might be surprised how much space can be created when finishing a basement by lowering the basement floor and the base level of the foundation by means of foundation underpinning or bench-ledging. Make your basement a useful, livable space that adds value to your home now and when it's time to sell.

Below are the main stages of a typical basement lowering project:

  • Obtain all drawings and a building permit approved by your municipality for the basement lowering project (which may involve any of: foundation underpinning, bench-ledging, bench lowering, bench footings
  • Locate the water supply line
  • Locate existing floor drains sewer lines
  • Remove existing concrete slab
  • Excavate / Dig Down the existing basement floor elevation
  • Relocate water meter
  • Relocate basement drain system
  • Install new floor drain(s)
  • Install sump pump
  • Install new beam columns
  • Install new beam(s) (if required)
  • Pour new concrete slab
  • Basement foundation waterproofing