Sometimes you want to lower your basement, but underpinning is not the option you want to choose. Whether it be for budget reasons or other needs, underpinning is not always the best choice. That is where alternative basement lowering options come into play. Basement lowering using bench footing, for example, is a popular and time honored option that can help you achieve the goals you want without spending more than you can afford to spend.
What is basement lowering using bench footing?
When you decide to lower your basement using bench footing, it is important to keep in mind that you might be giving up some square footage in your basement. That is because unlike underpinning, bench lowering does not excavate underneath the current foundation and extend it downwards. Instead, it seeks to power a new foundation within the confines of the old and then extends down past the end of the original structure. This has the lowering effect desired, but also creates a “bench” around the perimeter of the walls. The size of this bench varies in size, but it always decreases the square footage of a basement by some amount.
Basement lowering using bench footing is a good option for many people. You can achieve the lowering you need without spending the money that underpinning might require, and the benching process in general tends to be less involved than the underpinning does.
If you are interested in learning more about basement lowering using bench footing, give Basement Underpinning Toronto a call today! Our specialists are standing by and are ready and willing to discuss your needs. We will work with you to ensure that you make the right decision that will best suit your needs.
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