With Spring in full bloom here in the GTA, many homeowners have begun tackling outdoor maintenance including sealing driveway cracks and chips as well as addressing newly uncovered foundation cracks which are not only unsightly, but pose a serious risk of basement leaks during heavy rainstorms. Aside from outdoor maintenance, spring is also a common time homeowners embark on home improvement projects throughout the house, including basement updates and basement finishing. Many older homes in Toronto have basements with low ceilings and might seem little more than storage rooms or cellars. Converting your basement in such cases into useable space involves basement lowering; also known as [basement underpinning](https://www.citywidegroup.com/underpinning/why-underpinning). Digging out basement floors transforms unusable space into usable living space with proper headroom allowing you to convert the basement into a recreation area, home gym, home office, home theatre or virtually any other use your budget permits.
Surprisingly enough, the cost of basement lowering is more frequently less costly than attic conversions, making basement underpinning one of the best and most cost-effective ways to add more living space to your existing house. Modern basement underpinning technology allows home owners to remain in the house as the work is done, without the risk of damage to the floors above. This makes basement underpinning a desirable option since so many homeowners are attracted to having minimal disruption to their daily routines. Coupled with the cost savings, basement underpinning is a great way to create added value and useable space to your house.
Basement underpinning can provide you with added usable space which as mentioned can be used in a variety of ways, but it can also provide homeowners with extra income if the basement is converted to a legal apartment. Whether you’re looking to create an in-law or nanny suite to accommodate changing family needs, or a completely separate apartment for the additional revenue potential, underpinning your basement will be the first and most critical step in converting your basement.
The process of basement underpinning can also address any basement moisture problem you might be experiencing like mold, mustiness, decay or efflorescence. These visible signs of basement water damage pose a health hazard to homeowners, making your basement an area of avoidance. Beginning the process of basement underpinning can also help you uncover a basement leak risk before it even appears. Exposing the foundation walls sheds light on cracks, and allows for proper basement waterproofing to be done; so that lowering your basement leads not only to a usable basement but a dry basement.