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How Much Does Basement Lowering Cost

The cost to lower a basement varies depending on numerous factors such as size of basement, type of foundation, depth of excavation, type of soil, condition of existing foundation, age of house, number of support columns to be lowered, location/feasibility of relocating water supply, sewage lines, floor drainage, weeping tile, etc.
The typical cost to lower a basement ranges from $50 to $100 per square foot.

Contact us using our email form or call toll free 1-888-610-4959 if you are considering having your basement floor lowered.

Richmond Hill Basement Floor Lowering

Many basements of older homes within the older areas of Richmond Hill are not high enough to walk around comfortably. - In many of these century homes and pre 1935 homes the basement was often referred to as the 'cellar' and was used as a utility space where such items as the furnace, (coal storage / oil tank storage), water heater and electrical panel were located.

You can lower your basement floor to allow for more basement ceiling height, but it's a huge job, and it needs to be professionally done by an experienced and skilled foundation expert or contractor.
You also absolutely will need a permit and stamped Structural Engineered Drawings to have your Richmond Hill basement lowering building permit approved.

With proper engineering and modern construction and waterproofing technologies it is possible to convert the basement of your Richmond Hill home into livable space by lowering the basement floor and waterproofing the foundation.

If you live in Richmond Hill and you are considering having your basement lowered to increase the basement ceiling height and gain some additional living space?
Are you avoiding remodeling and finishing your basement of your Richmond Hill house because the ceiling height is too low or the floors are buckled and cracked and the walls are damp or have water leaks?

If you are looking to add space to your Richmond Hill home, lowering the basement to add additional ceiling height may be the solution.

You might be surprised how much space can be created when finishing a basement by lowering the basement floor and the base level of the foundation by means of foundation underpinning or bench-ledging. Make your basement a useful, livable space that adds value to your home now and when it's time to sell.

Benefits of Lowering your Basement

  • Increased amount of extra living space
  • Increased home value - as the total finished square footage has increased
  • Possible rental income from renting out a basement apartment
  • Improved air flow in the house
  • Improved air quality, no more damp smelly basement

IMPORTANT: If basement lowering is not done correctly, the basement excavation could damage or undermine the foundation and lead to a collapse of your home. Additionally, the City of Richmond Hill requires a Building Permit for the basement lowering and excavation project. - The permit application will require engineering drawings to be submitted. Therefore, a Richmond Hill basement dig out must be done by a professional basement lowering contractor that is knowledgeable, licenced, equipped and experienced. - that's where we come in!

Cochren Foundation has over 40+ years of foundation construction and engineering experience. We specialize in aspects of basement lowering in Richmond Hill, foundation underpinning in Richmond Hill, foundation repair and foundation waterproofing projects. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that your Richmond Hill basement lowering project is completed on time, and on budget and with excellent quality results!

Contact us using our contact form or call us toll free at 1-888-610-4959 today for an estimate and get your Richmond Hill basement lowering project underway with proven professionals whom you can trust and rely on!

Basement Lowering in Richmond Hill, ON

Basement lowering by digging out the basement and excavating is a multi-stage project and a major renovation for any home. Contract with the experts at Cochren Foundation to complete your basement floor lowering project. We employee only the most experienced engineers and foundation contractors. Our company have over 40 years of construction expertise. We are experienced with all stages of the Richmond Hill basement dig out / basement excavation project.

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Basement Lowering Methods

Before the existing basement floor can be lowered, the foundation must be stabilized to ensure that the basement excavation does not compromise the foundation resulting in cracks, sinking or worse ... collapse of your Richmond Hill home.
Basement Lowering, also referred to as Basement Dig Out, Dig Out Basement Floor, Basement Excavation, Basement Floor Lowering, Lowering Basement Floor, Lowering Basements, Increasing Basement Height, Digging Down a Basement, Digging Out a Basement is accomplished by underpinning the foundation or installing bench footings and removing the existing floor, excavating the basement to the new elevation and pouring a new concrete slab. Aside from stabilizing a damaged foundation, the most common reason one would underpin a foundation or constructing bench footings is to accommodate lowering the basement floor to increase the ceiling height of the basement.

Foundation Underpinning

Basement Lowering - Underpinning

Foundation Underpinning involves excavating sections under the existing foundation wall to the desired depth and pouring new concrete under the existing foundation. This maximizes finished size of the lowered basement since there is no loss of horizontal space as there is with the bench footing method of basement lowering. Foundation Underpinning is accomplished by working in small sections all around the perimeter of your basement wall. We excavate the basement and pour new footings at a lower depth than your original footings and then rebuild the basement wall in sections. The load has to be carefully transferred and supported because we are undermining you home's foundation, in a controlled way, in order to rebuild it.

Benching - Bench Ledging - Bench Footings - Bench Pinning

Basement Lowering - Benching

Benching costs less than underpinning because it doesn't require you to dig beneath the existing footings — the existing footing and soil remains untouched. There is less soil removal, and the job will be quicker. A new foundation is poured inside the existing one down to the new depth. It does make the basement smaller by several feet, since the perimeter walls now will have a concrete "bench" all along them. Typically the width of the bench footing will be equal to it's height - For every foot you go down in depth, you must add a foot in width to the bench ledging. If you are dropping the floor two feet, you will have a two-foot wide bench along the base of your new wall, which will affect the final design of your basement room.

Why Cochren Foundation is the right choice for your Richmond Hill Basement Lowering project?

  • Cochren Foundation as an industry leader has over 40 years of construction expertise, specializing in foundation and structural repairs and improvements (basement lowering and basement underpinning)
  • We employee only the most experienced foundation construction professionals, who are knowledgeable, capable, polite and respectful
  • We successfully completed several basement lowering projects in the Richmond Hill area
  • Proud Member of ORCGA, Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association
  • WSIB Registered
  • Liability Insured

We'll be more the happy to answer any questions you may have about basement lowering in Richmond Hill. Contact us today find out if basement floor lowering is suitable for your Richmond Hill home.

Use our Contact Form or call us toll free at 1-888-610-4959 today to discuss how increasing your basement height through basement lowering can add value to your home.