Basement lowering Toronto is the process of excavating your basement in a specific way. 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:
One cannot just excavate the floor of their basement to gain height. This could ultimately damage the structure of the current foundations. Instead, we excavate the existing foundations and come up with new ones. This is an approach, known as underpinning, used to heighten the ceiling of a basement further, to transform a storage space into a livable place.
While utilizing the underpinning method, we can perform a crawl space conversion. What was initially an empty space with no use can be transformed into a very useful storage space, office, or even bedroom. Before the basement floor is lowered, we dig beneath the foundations to add new ones.
Bench footing is a process that consumes less time and is an expensive approach to basement lowering Toronto. In this case, new foundations are installed instead of excavating under the existing foundations. These new foundations partly overlap with the old ones. This ensures structural stability, but it does utilize space in the room, as a bench is left around the perimeter. This, however, can be incorporated into the design of the room.
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.
It is important to identify the basement lowering Toronto solution that will work best for you. If you are not certain, we can discuss the situation with you at length during the phase of consultation. The decision will depend on the condition of your home, the requirements and last but not least, your budget.
The procedure of bench footing and underpinning requires lots of work, but bench footing needs less digging. In most cases, bench footing is the solution for lowering basement floor without underpinning.
Underpinning basement would best be preferred since it does not tamper with the inhabitable space of the room, whereas benching can easily reduce the space around the perimeter.
The decision you finally make will depend on whether your key priority is to maintain a tight budget, or whether you aim to make the most of the space.
In some instances, bench footing can enhance the design of the room in the long run, and therefore a combination may be the best option. You are free to decide, but you can always consult us for a professional opinion.
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:
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.