Many families have seen their need for extra space grow, and some homeowners are weighing the pros and cons of lowering their basement to create extra living space. Also known as “underpinning”, basement lowering involves digging out the basement floor several feet down. Another method of lowering a basement is “benching”. This method is less expensive and extensive than underpinning, but it will leave you with a concrete bench around the perimeter of the basement. In smaller spaces, this could limit the size of usable basement space, and allow for a smaller finished basement.
A basement or foundation that has been lowered will add value to your home by ensuring the basement can easily be accessed and used. Whether you need the extra space for living, or the room to install basement waterproofing equipment, Main Line Waterproofing will inspect your basement and evaluate the feasibility of lowering your basement floor.