Many older homes in the Toronto area have basements that were never designed to be living spaces. Instead they were built for storage or as furnace rooms and because of this, many of these basements have very low ceilings.
Of course, low ceilings make it awkward if not impossible for these basements to be used as living spaces. For many, the answer to this problem is basement lowering also known as basement underpinning. This type of renovation can give you the headroom that you need to enjoy your basement as a living space as well as add value to your home.
Other reasons for underpinning may include repairing a structure that has deteriorated because of land slippage or from another cause.
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The most common type of basement lowering is done through a process called underpinning. The process is somewhat complex and should only be done by a qualified and insured expert. Basement underpinning is not simply a matter of digging up the existing floor – in fact, doing so could cause damage to the structure of the house. Rather, it is necessary to dig under the home’s foundation and essentially create a new foundation under the existing one that is capable of bearing the additional weight.
The first step in the process, is to have a structural engineer evaluate how much the basement can be lowered without risking damage to the existing structure. Until we obtain a stamped drawing from the engineer, no excavation can be done.
Once we get the go ahead from the engineer, our crew will remove a small section of the original foundation in order to access the ground underneath. The piece of foundation that we remove will be replaced by a load bearing joist, made from our lumber supplies in Toronto. We will then start to build the new foundation by excavating strips to the proper depth and pouring concrete. Once the new foundation has dried and stabilized, we will install new flooring.
If you are considering renovations or finishing of your basement, it is a wise move to consider whether basement lowering or underpinning should be performed first. Making your basement more livable through renovation is a great way to add enjoyment and value to your home, but this can be diminished by ceilings that are too low.
Since underpinning involves digging a new foundation for your home, it should be done prior to any basement renovations if it is deemed necessary. Not every company does both basement underpinning and basement renovation, and homeowners who have to deal with two companies can run into logistical problems which may cost them extra time and money.
Because The Reno Pros do both basement underpinning and basement renovations, we can help you from the very beginning stages of the planning process in order to ensure that you get the basement living space that you want.
If your Toronto home was built prior to the 1940s, there is a good chance that your home is a candidate for basement underpinning. Not only will this process help to give you more headroom, making your basement more enjoyable as a living space, but it will add value to your home as well.
Find out why so many Toronto homeowners are trusting their basement lowering to The Reno Pros. Give us a call today to book your free consultation.