Do you have a cluttered house? Is your house beginning to look like something out of a “Hoarder Stories” TV special because of all the stuff that’s lined up in the hallways?
If your home is becoming more of a nightmare than a place of refuge, then it may be a sign that you have to do some decluttering so that you don’t end up on the news for vanishing under the pile of stuff in your own home. Although doing so might seem difficult if you have limited space at home, you can solve the issue by turning to one part of the house that could help you free up more space: the basement.
When trying to create space, many homeowners try drastic measures in an effort to move, think, and breathe normally in their own homes. They sell their hard-earned possessions or even place their things outside where they’re prone to be stolen. In terms of space concerns, most homeowners overlook renovating their basement to become storage space, even though “underpinning” (as it’s technically called) is an excellent way to maximize space without having to throw things out or going to an online marketplace to sell the stuff they don’t want to let go of.
Making changes to your basement can help with the major space troubles that concern your home by maximizing space to be used at your disposal.
Underpinning or basement lowering can help increase the space in your home by digging out the foundation of your basement to increase vertical space — which, when done right, won’t only create more space to use, but raise the market value of your home if you decide to part ways with it one day.
Although it might be an intensive process that may take quite some time, basement lowering is an investment that you’ll thank yourself for in the future. Careful engineering is integral to basement lowering or underpinning, which must be done carefully so that the foundation and structural integrity of your home will not be compromised in your efforts to live comfortably while avoiding the development of claustrophobia.
Before you rip out your basement’s flooring and dig like a mad person, you’ll first have to get a permit from your city to do a basement lowering, along with multiple visits from your city inspector or a qualified engineer to ensure the safety of the entire procedure. An underpinning or basement lowering job takes around 35 days on average, but there’s no need to worry because you can still live peacefully at home during the duration of the underpinning procedure.
To understand the process better, here’s what happens when you have your basement lowered — just so you know what’s up ahead:
Before underpinning can even start, your flooring will have to be removed in order for the contractors to be able to access the ground that’s going to be worked on. By using sledgehammers to start off, and then jackhammers to finish off the whole process, removing the flooring will take a day at most. It may be best to spend the day at the cafe down the road because the noises from the removal will definitely be heard no matter how hard you try to drown it out!
After removing the flooring, an expert will start the underpinning process itself by digging out the basement’s floor in portions while creating an extended foundation wall. Typically, the foundation that’s created will usually be done four feet at a time or less, while every third four-foot will be dug out to a required depth and filled with concrete to help reinforce a stronger foundation.
Once the foundation is set and everything is in order, all that’s left to do is to renovate everything back to normal! Restoring normal functions, such as the heating, plumbing, and waterproofing will be necessary for you to have a room with even more space that’s as functional as it was before the procedure!
If you’re looking for a home renovation service in Toronto, Zumin Homes is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.