UnderpinningOne cannot just excavate the floor of their basement to gain height. This could ultimately damage the structure of the current foundations. Instead, we excavate the existing foundations and come up with new ones. This is an approach used to further heighten the ceiling of a basement, so as to transform a storage space into a livable place.
Crawl space conversionWhile utilizing the underpinning method, we can convert your crawl space. What was initially an empty space with no use can be transformed into a very useful storage space, office, or even bedroom. Before the basement floor is lowered, we dig beneath the foundations to add new ones.
BenchingBenching is a process that consumes less time and is an expensive approach to basement lowering. In this case, new foundations are installed instead of excavating under the existing foundations. These new foundations partly overlap with the old ones. This ensures structural stability, but it does utilize space in the room, as a bench is left around the perimeter. This however, can be incorporated to the design of the room.
Combination of benching and underpinningUnderpinning is rather an expensive approach, but it does help to make best use of the floor space. Benching is a simpler technique, but it leaves a bench around the edges. Majority of people prefer combining both underpinning and benching. A good example is underpinning on one side of the room, and fixing a bench into the design of the other. A combination of these is the best option, as it reduces costs.
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