Lowering your basement is a great way to add additional usable space to your home and takes a fraction of the time of a home addition. Many homeowners in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas live in homes built 80+ years ago when basements were built shallow, sometimes as low as five feet tall, and were only really useful for storage. But these days basements are an essential part of the home. Gaining height in the basement increases the possible uses for the space from kids’ playrooms, homegyms, or a second living room. The additional square footage can also increase the value of your home.