Many older homes in Toronto have basements with low ceilings, uneven floors and mouldy walls. Homeowners often only go there to check their boilers, or for storage purposes. The potential of basements is often overlooked and the square footage is wasted as it is not as utilized as it could be.
These days, basement lowering specialists use modern building methods to dig out cellar floors and convert dead space into living space, with good headroom at a fraction of the cost of attic conversions. The common method is known as underpinning, or basement lowering. Technology is used to preserve the home above from any risk of damage when the work is being completed.
Five Reasons to Lower Your Basement:
Create More Living Space – There’s hardly a home that wouldn’t benefit from an extra room. Teenagers suddenly need their privacy. Mom or dad decide to work from home. The family is growing up and needs an informal place to meet, or at least a place where the kids can play without feeling confined
Add Value to Your Investment – There’s no doubt that a home is still one of your safest investments. It’s important not to over-capitalize. Lowering your basement by digging it out costs significantly less than attic conversions and home extensions. This means greater profit when you sell someday.
Create a Healthier Environment – Neglected basements accumulate dirt, damp and mould. You could be at risk of respiratory infections if this space is neglected. The same applies when there are mould and decay on the far side of the door leading to the basement.
Benefit from Extra Income – As time passes, kids leave home, and retirement age is reached, many Canadian’s suffer income contraction as they enter a new phase. There are always clean and decent youngsters looking to establish their first base. This brings income that makes holidays affordable again. While there are hoops to jump through in order to have a legal basement apartment in Toronto, it can be done.
Achieve the Impossible Dream – Many of us have “hobbies” that we enjoyed when we were younger. These could include painting, working out, reading or collecting vinyl records. A lack of dedicated space often holds us back from rediscovering them. Dig out the cellar, and you’re on your way to doing what you love….or even replace your day job one day!
A Word of Caution
A cellar or basement with low head height still bears the full weight of the home above it. This is definitely a project to be done by professionals. As you can see from a news article based in Toronto, it is best to leave these types of projects to professionals to ensure it is safe and well-executed.
It is important to hire a foundation specialist who understands the significance of effective ground-water management. They can ensure that there’s no structural danger at any time and that the living space above is unaffected while the job is in progress.
Do you have questions about creating a full-height basement or basement lowering? Contact us here, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
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