If you are looking to increase the living space within your home, consider a basement underpinning in Toronto with Elite Construction and Renovations. Why move to a new neighbourhood or house with more room when you have the available space under your feet?
Whether you want to be able to use the extra space for a family recreation room, guest quarters, or as potential rental income, we can make your vision come to light!
As one of the leading underpinning companies in Toronto, Elite Construction and Renovations has the expertise and manpower to ensure all details of this complex process are completed with minimal disruption to your household.
What Is Basement Underpinning?
Basement underpinning is a way of lowering the basement floor of a house. Using an engineered plan, the structural integrity of the house is kept intact as the floor is excavated deeper into the ground.
By physically lowering the floor, your home will obtain a larger living space without building an addition on top of the house. This increases the basement ceiling height by opening up the entire underneath to become a larger area of space.
Steps for Basement Underpinning
Underpinning entails several complex steps, all of which require the planning and execution of certified engineers, architects, and skilled labourers. Here at Elite Construction and Renovations, we have the experience, tools, and knowledge to ensure all structural modifications are done properly.
We work with the homeowner to plan and prepare the site before any demolition work begins.
Before work begins, all portable items are removed. Demolition entails sectioning off portions of the basement to ensure the structural integrity is maintained throughout the underpinning process.
Each section is demolished one at a time until the proper water drainage is installed. The onsite engineer will mark off which sections should be demolished. The heavy concrete is removed with the use of tools and state-of-the-art equipment that our team members are trained in using.
With extracting the soil, the depth depends on the original planning by the homeowner and the engineer and architect. Lowering the basement can be done several feet beneath the existing foundation floor.
Throughout each underpinning stage, inspections will be done by the qualified team at Elite Construction and Renovations as well as by your city’s building inspectors. Our experts ensure the integrity of the house is not compromised. The various levels of demolition and soil excavation can cause issues if not attended to properly.
Once the demolition and soil extraction are completed, the focus turns to waterproofing the entire basement. Through age and damage from fluctuating temperatures and environmental elements, the basement is a common place for water to seep in from the ground or leak through the pipes.
A flood-proof drainage system will be installed and connected to prevent any water issues in the months and years to come. It is an excellent time to have a sump pump system installed in basements where flooding has been an issue in previous years. Testing of the new drains and all plumbing will be performed before work continues with gravel being laid.
One of the big advantages for underpinning a basement is the opportunity to have the new living space properly insulated. While the extra floor space adds more livable area, the basement can have a drafty damp feeling, even with a makeover.
Adding insulation and underfloor heating, like the popular radiant floor heating system, can improve the living conditions, regardless of the intended room use. A well-heated basement can also help with keeping the floors on the main floor warm.
Laying New Slab
Once the plumbing, electrical, water drainage, and sewer lines are attended to, the next step is laying the new concrete slab. A waterproof liner will protect the concrete from the underlying gravel. The knowledgeable team at Elite Construction and Renovations will ensure the concrete is poured correctly and that it results in a smooth surface that is durable and long-lasting.
Elite Construction and Renovations offer all of our services, including basement underpinning, in the following neighbourhoods:
- The Beaches
- Don Valley
- East York
Why Choose Elite Construction and Renovations
Wondering why you should choose Elite Construction and Renovations? Here are just some of the benefits of working with our knowledgeable team.
Years of Experience
With more than 15 years in the construction and renovation business, Elite Construction and Renovations has the expertise, experience, and knowledge to help you bring your vision to life! Our team of certified sub-contractors have been working with us for years.
At Elite Construction and Renovations, we provide a full two-year guarantee on all workmanship by our crew and honour all warranties offered by our partnering manufacturers.