Lowering basements is a process of increasing the height and space of the basement floor by digging deeper and modifying the foundation. It can significantly improve the comfort, value, and usability of the basement area. Basement Lowering in Toronto can be effectively carried out through two main methods: underpinning and bench-footing.
Underpinning is a method of lowering the basement floor by excavating under the existing footings and extending them to a lower level, creating a continuous and uniform floor level. While this method provides a seamless result, it is also more expensive, complex, and involves some level of risk. Underpinning requires engineering skills and careful staging to avoid damaging the structure of the house.
Bench-footing, another method for lowering basement floor, involves digging down and creating new walls that extend from the original footings. This method results in a concrete bench around the perimeter of the basement, which can be utilized for storage or seating. Bench-footing is known for being a faster, more cost-effective, and easier alternative to underpinning. However, it may reduce the overall floor area and might not be as aesthetically pleasing.
Rock Bottom Underpinning is well-equipped to manage both methods of lowering basements. They provide comprehensive services, including obtaining permits and conducting inspections to ensure the safety and quality of your project. Their expertise extends to aspects such as waterproofing, drainage, insulation, and flooring in the context of lowering basements. For homeowners in Toronto looking to maximize the potential of their basement space, basement lowering is indeed a worthwhile investment.
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