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Basement Lowering by Aquatech Waterproofing

Basement Lowering Toronto: Creating More Space Beneath Your Place!

Welcome to Aquatech Waterproofing – Your partner in creating more space and adding more value to your home! Our expertise in basement lowering gives your home the upgrade it needs. Let’s dive into what we offer.

What is Basement Lowering?

Ever felt like your basement is just a bit too cramped? Basement lowering is like giving your basement a stretch, making it taller and giving you more room to turn it into that dream space you’ve always wanted. 

Lowering the basement floor adds more space, and in return, the ceiling gains comparative height. The various types of basement lowering that we provide at Aquatech Waterproofing include the following:

Basement Underpinning

Basement underpinning is essentially a method used to increase the depth of your basement, making it taller and creating more usable space. 

Basement underpinning involves carefully digging beneath your home’s existing foundation in specific areas and pouring new concrete foundations to lower the basement floor. This method extends the depth of your basement, providing extra headroom and strengthening the overall foundation. The process is done sequentially to ensure the house remains stable and safe. Due to its complexity, it’s crucial to have the work carried out by professionals who can manage the project from initial assessment to final touches.

Crawl Space Conversion

Got a crawl space that’s just collecting dust? We can help turn it into a usable space – like an office or an extra bedroom. This involves digging out the crawl space to make it deeper and adding supports to keep the house stable. It’s a great way to add more space to your home without building an addition.

Bench Footing

Bench footing is a simpler, budget-friendly way to make your basement taller. It involves digging out the floor around the edges of your basement and building a new lower floor, which creates a step or “bench” around the walls. This method doesn’t mess with the house’s original foundation but still gives you more ceiling height. The bench part can be cleverly used for things like seating or shelves, making it not just useful for support but also for adding interesting features to your room. It’s a good choice if you want to expand your basement space without a huge project.

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Combination Of Bench Footing And Underpinning

Underpinning Toronto is rather an expensive approach, but it does help to make the best use of the floor space. Bench footing is a simpler technique, but it leaves a bench around the edges. Majority of people prefer combining both underpinning basement and bench footing. A good example is underpinning on one side of the room, and fixing a bench into the design of the other. A combination of these is the best option, as it reduces costs.

How Much Does Basement Lowering Cost in Toronto?

The cost of lowering the basement floor ranges from $30 to $75 per square foot in Toronto. For a standard basement around 1,000 square feet, this would equate to an overall cost of $30,000 to $75,000. Please note that these are approximate costs and can vary based on factors such as the complexity of the project, local labor rates, and the specific conditions of your property.

Underpinning VS Benching

Underpinning and benching are two methods used to increase the height and usable space of your basement, but they differ in approach and outcome.Here are some key points about these techniques:

ProcessInvolves digging beneath the foundation, removing soil in sections, and adding new concrete footings.Involves excavating the basement floor and constructing a 'bench' around the perimeter.
Space AddedAllows for maximum additional space as the existing basement footprint is maintained.Adds less space due to the 'bench,' which reduces the overall footprint.
CostGenerally more expensive due to the labor-intensive process.Typically less costly as it involves less extensive work beneath the foundation.
Regulation FactorsMay require more permits and comply with stricter building codes.Often easier to get approved, subject to lesser regulatory constraints.
Professional RequirementAlways requires experienced professionals due to the complexity of work.Also needs professional expertise to ensure correct excavation and stability.

How to Lower a Basement

Lowering a basement is a detailed transformation that requires expert handling every step of the way. Here’s a breakdown of how we tackle this project to ensure your home gets the added space it needs safely and efficiently:

Consultation and Evaluation

The journey begins with a professional consultation. We’ll assess your home’s current structure to confirm if basement lowering is feasible and beneficial for you.

Planning and Design

Our team then maps out how much space you’re aiming to add and decides on the best method to achieve it, be it underpinning for more depth or benching for a quicker solution. We’ll draw up detailed plans that outline every important aspect, from dimensions to the placement of support structures.

Permits and Regulations

We handle the red tape, liaising with relevant local authorities to secure all necessary permits and ensure that our plans align with all local building codes and regulations.


Before the real work begins, we prepare the area. This includes clearing out your basement, relocating utilities if needed, and implementing measures to keep your building stable and safe throughout the process.


Now, the exciting part – we start the actual lowering process. Depending on the chosen method, we’ll either dig beneath the foundation in stages (underpinning) or lower the interior perimeter to create a new basement floor level (benching).

Foundation Reinforcement

After excavation, it’s time to solidify our work. New footers are poured, and additional structural reinforcements are installed to ensure everything is robust and up to standard.


With the structural work behind us, the canvas is ready for you to paint. This phase involves waterproofing, insulating, laying out the flooring, and any other finishes you’ve envisioned for your new space.

Why Get A Basement Lowering Toronto

The main reason why you should get a basement lowering Toronto is to create an inhabitable space out of an initially unusable one. Many people would love the extra space to have an office, gym, or extra bedroom, for those having a baby on the way. Basement lowering enables you to take full advantage of the number of rooms in your house, and enjoy plenty of opportunities. The benefits of basement lowering include:

  • Transforming a once unusable space into a gorgeous new room
  • A new habitable space that will add more value to your home
  • One can even consider the basement for rental purposes.

Whatever service you need, whether underpinning Toronto or bench footing, Aquatech Waterproofing is here for you! Basement lowering is the kind of job that can only be done by professionals. Doing it the wrong way will affect the structure of your building negatively while having it done will certainly elevate the value of your home and provide a beautiful new space to play around and work with.

We work with only top engineers to draw the plans and take care of all the contracting. We, at Aquatech Waterproofing, are confident that we can deliver exceptional projects every time, as we have experience of over 25 years.

Why Choose Aquatech Waterproofing

Here’s why you should choose Aquatech Waterproofing for basement lowering Toronto:

  • Trusted Reputation: With the highest volume of 5-star reviews online, our customer satisfaction speaks volumes. Your neighbors trust us, and so can you!
  • Competitive Pricing: We ensure value for your investment by matching prices, making sure you get premium service without stretching your wallet.
  • Lifetime Transferable Warranty: Our work is not just for now—it’s for a lifetime. And with our warranty, it’s an asset that adds value even if you decide to move.

Your basement’s potential is just beneath your feet, and Aquatech Waterproofing is here to unlock it effortlessly and affordably!

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FAQs About Basement Lowering

It can be worth lowering a basement floor if you need additional living space or want to increase your property’s value. However, this must be balanced against the high cost and potential disruption of the work.

Yes, you can lower a basement floor without underpinning using the benching method. However, this may not be suitable for all properties, and it typically results in less additional space compared to underpinning.
Generally, a slope of 1-2% is usually sufficient for effective basement drainage and to prevent water buildup. This equates to a slope of 1-2 inches for every 8-10 feet.
The depth of a basement floor can vary depending on the building’s requirements and local building codes. However, most residential basements are typically between 7 and 9 feet deep from floor to ceiling to ensure comfortable living space.