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Lowering A Basement Floor


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Nico Barbieri

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Transforming your basement into a livable space can significantly enhance your home’s value and your quality of life. One effective way to do this, which Aquatech Waterproofing has mastered, is by lowering the basement floor, commonly known as underpinning or benching. This process not only increases the headroom but can also correct structural issues.

Understanding Basement Floor Lowering

Lowering a basement floor involves either underpinning, where sections of the floor are excavated and refilled at a lower level beneath the existing foundations, or benching, which does not involve the foundations but creates a ledge or a “bench” around the perimeter of the basement.

The Benefits of Lowering Your Basement Floor

  1. Increased Headroom: This is especially beneficial in older homes where basements were not originally designed to be living spaces.


  1. Additional Living Space: With more headroom, basements can be converted into bedrooms, home offices, or entertainment areas.


  1. Increased Property Value: Adding livable square footage often translates into a higher market value for your home.


  1. Improved Foundation: The process can strengthen your home’s foundation and resolve issues like sloping or uneven floors.


  1. Energy Efficiency: During the floor lowering process, it’s an excellent opportunity to add insulation and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency.

Considering the Options: Underpinning vs. Benching

Underpinning: This method is more labor-intensive and requires careful engineering. However, it increases floor area without compromising on space.

Benching: Benching is less invasive and might be more cost-effective but can consume a portion of your existing basement square footage.

Typical Costs and Considerations

Lowering a basement floor is a significant undertaking that involves various cost components such as labor, materials, permits, and potential upgrades to plumbing or waterproofing systems. At Aquatech Waterproofing, we recognize the importance of budget transparency and provide detailed estimates based on factors like the method chosen, the size of the area, and the depth of lowering required.

Why Choose Us For Basement Lowering?

As Toronto’s trusted leader in basement waterproofing and foundation repair, Aquatech Waterproofing provides comprehensive basement lowering services designed to meet the unique needs of your home. With our expertise, lowering your basement floor is streamlined and yields highly satisfactory results.

Our team of licensed and insured professionals is adept at both underpinning and benching methods. They will guide you through every stage, from initial consultation to project completion, ensuring that your vision for a spacious, functional basement comes to fruition. 

Remember the Essentials

While enhancing your basement’s space and functionality, do not overlook the importance of proper waterproofing. Installing weeping tiles or carrying out necessary foundation repairs are vital steps before any floor lowering work begins. Rest assured, Aquatech professionals consistently manage these aspects with unparalleled skill and attention to detail.

Don’t Hesitate! Contact Aquatech Waterproofing!

Are you ready to explore the possibilities a lower basement floor can offer for your Toronto home? Contact Aquatech Waterproofing today at 416-300-2191. Let us help you expand your horizons downward, creating the additional living space you’ve always desired. Our expertise, coupled with over 25 years of experience, guarantees a basement that’s not just lower but fundamentally better.

Elevate your home and lifestyle with Aquatech Waterproofing — because a higher quality of living comes from a lower level of your home!