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    Unlock the full potential of your basement by increasing leaving space and functionality.

    Me and my team have specialized in transforming your basement into a valuable living space for over 2 decades through our expert substructure and basement lowering services.

    Whether you’re looking to expand your home’s footprint, increase its market value, or simply create a more comfortable and functional living environment, we’re here to turn your vision into reality.

    Below, we outline the step-by-step process of lowering a basement, along with the pros and cons, to help you make an informed decision for your home.

    Let us help you transform your basement into a functional and inviting area that adds value and enhances your lifestyle at the same time.

    What to Know Before Underpinning Starts

    UNDERPINNING SECTION OF BASEMENT

    Pros to lower your basement floor

    1. Increased Living Space
    2. Improved Headroom
    3. Enhanced Property Value
    4. Customization Opportunities
    5. Potential for Income Generation

    Cons to lower your basement floor

    1. Costly and Disruptive
    2. Structural Risks (when done wrong)
    3. Permit requirements and engineering costs
    4. Potential for Water Intrusion during process (water table)
    5. Loss of Storage Space

    G1000 Home Advantage and benefits

    1. Increased Ceiling Height
    2. Enhanced Usable Space
    3. Improved Natural Lighting
    4. Customizable Design Options
    5. Professional Underpinning and Benching Techniques
    6. Experienced and Skilled Team

    We understand the importance of maximizing the potential of your home’s substructure. 

    With our expertise and dedication to quality craftsmanship, we strive to deliver exceptional results that exceed your expectations. Whether you’re embarking on a basement lowering project for the first time or seeking to enhance an existing space, trust G1000 Home Substructure to bring your vision to life with precision and professionalism. Contact us today to learn more about how we can transform your basement into a valuable asset for your home.

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    We offer Customized Solutions

    Recognizing the unique nature of each property, we offer customized waterproofing solutions that address the specific needs and challenges of your property, ensuring comprehensive protection.

    We are Experts

    Our team of professionals brings together expertise and experience in delivering high-quality waterproofing services, ensuring that every project meets our stringent standards for effectiveness and durability.

    We ensure Quality

    We are committed to using only the highest quality materials and the latest techniques in the industry, ensuring that our waterproofing solutions stand the test of time

    We are Dedicated

    At G1000 Home, customer satisfaction is our top priority. We are dedicated to providing not just solutions but also education and support to our clients, ensuring that they are informed and confident in the protection of their property.

    How It Works?

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    Book a Consultation:

     Reach out to us to schedule your initial consultation. During this meeting, we’ll delve into your requirements, objectives, and how our services can best serve your needs.

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    Following our consultation, secure our services to initiate the transformation. We’ll collaborate to establish the terms of our engagement, ensuring clarity and alignment.

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    Once engaged, watch as we seamlessly execute your project. Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to simplify complexities and deliver results that exceed your expectations.

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    We will make you underpinning project a success. 

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    How Do I Find the Right Concrete Contractor?

    Finding the right concrete contractor can be a challenge. Many contractors may lack the expertise, reliability, and transparency needed for a successful project. Poor quality work, delays, and unclear communication can lead to stress, additional costs, and unsatisfactory results.

    The Solution

    We offer white glove expert concrete services with a focus on quality, reliability, and clear communication. Our team provides custom concrete solutions tailored to your needs, using high-quality materials and industry-best practices. With our dedication to excellence and your satisfaction, we ensure a smooth and successful project from start to finish. If these qualities are important to you, then we are the right fit for your project. Remember, you can't expect quality service at a cheap price. Let us provide the exceptional concrete work you deserve.

    What is Bench footing or Benching?

    Benching, or underpinning with a “bench,” involves adding concrete in front of the existing wall, essentially extending the perimeter of the basement horizontally. Although it doesn’t offer the same vertical expansion as underpinning, benching presents its own merits:

    1. Ideal for Depth Restrictions: Benching is suitable when constraints on excavation depth exist, often due to soil conditions, utilities, or other factors.
    2. Cost-Efficiency: Bench underpinning can be a more budget-friendly option compared to full-depth underpinning.
    3. Enhanced Usability: The created bench can serve as functional space for storage or other purposes.
    Note: You should be aware that the size of the benching will depend on the neighboring structures and the soil conditions. However, the building code typically requires a 7:10 ratio—7 inches down for every 10 inches out. In ideal conditions, a 1:1 ratio may be possible.

    What is Underpinning?

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    Underpinning involves strengthening and extending the foundation of your existing basement by adding concrete beneath the walls, reinforcing and extending the foundation vertically. This comprehensive process yields significant benefits:

    1. Significant Space Addition: Underpinning provides the opportunity to add significant vertical space to your basement, resulting in increased headroom and a more expansive living area below ground.
    2. Structural Enhancement: By reinforcing the foundation, underpinning enhances the overall stability and structural integrity of your property.
    3. Increased Property Value: A deeper basement created through underpinning can substantially enhance your home’s market value, offering a wise long-term investment.

    Why should you Choose Underpinning?

    Underpinning is the preferred choice when:

    • Maximum additional space and depth are desired for the basement.
    • Existing foundation require reinforcement due to age or structural issues.
    • Extensive renovations are planned or a spacious and versatile living area below ground is desired.
    • Budget permits the investment.

    Why should you Choose Benching?

    Benching is a practical choice when:

    • Shallow excavation, makes full-depth underpinning impractical. (below 2 feet)
    • Maximizing existing basement footprint without significant vertical expansion is desired.
    • Budget- or cost-effective means of increasing the basement’s usable space are sought.
    •  Reinforce the footing only, or stop the water, bricks or stone foundations
    • short time line, benching is way stronger and faster process. 

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    Benching vs Underpinning

    What is the difference? 

    The primary difference between benching and underpinning lies in their purpose and scope. Benching is typically a preventive or corrective measure to enhance stability, while underpinning is a comprehensive solution to address severe foundation issues. Underpinning can also be used to increase the depth of a foundation to support additional floors or heavier loads. Underpinning in Toronto is quite common due to how older homes were built.

    How much does benching cost?

    In terms of complexity and cost, benching is generally a less intricate and more cost-effective solution. It requires less equipment and labour compared to underpinning, making it a suitable choice for less severe foundation concerns. Usely start around $125 up $500 a foot. 

    How much does underpinning cost?

    Being a more involved process, underpinning has higher costs due to the need for specialized equipment and skilled professionals. Starting at $400 a foot and can go up to $1200 if you dig a crawl space or major structural repair.

    The Space-Maximizing Underpinning is the #1 choice

    While a bench-all-around approach offers cost-effective and efficient use of existing space, underpinning stands out for providing significant vertical expansion. Underpinning creates ample headroom and additional square footage below ground, making it the preferred choice for homeowners looking to maximize their basement's potential.

    Benching, underpinning, or both?

    When deciding between benching and underpinning for your foundation-related project, consider the severity of the foundation issues, the project budget, and the long-term goals. Benching is a practical option for minor stability improvements, while underpinning is the go-to choice for addressing significant foundation problems and supporting structural modifications. Both of these methods will increase living space, but underpinning will give you more usable floor space. Consulting with experienced professionals is crucial to determining the most suitable method based on your specific needs.

    Why we can be the right fit?

    With our expertise and over 20 years of experience, me and my team can help you save money and optimize your space using either a bench-all-around, or underpinning or a hybrid method, or a combination of both in the same project. We work for you and your satisfaction is our ultimate goal.

    Step-by-Step Guide: How to Lower My Basement?

    1. Assessment and Planning: Evaluate the feasibility of the project, sign the agreement, and obtain the necessary permits.

    2. Preparation: Clear out the basement and install temporary support structures.

    3. Excavation: Remove the existing floor and soil from underneath the existing basement floor slab. (expose the footings.)

    4. Benching or Underpinning: Choose between benching or underpinning methods for structural modifications.

    5. Finishing: Install drains and French drain systems, install the waterproofing membrane, finish the basement floor, and add desired utilities and features. (we have a unique way to deal with those.)

    6. Inspection and Approval: Schedule inspections and obtain necessary approvals from local authorities. (all inspections are coordinate by us )

    7. Restoration: Replace furniture, belongings, and utilities to restore the basement to its intended use. Enjoy your new extra living space. 

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    2024-05-27
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    2024-05-02
    I recently had the pleasure of working with G1000 on a project, Gemil was very helpful, I would recommend them for their professionalism and assistance in home concrete projects. They seem to be very knowledgable about what they do, offering extra info and tips. Great service and a business you can trust.
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    2024-01-29
    Gemil called back right away, was friendly and was very helpful in diagnosing the problem right over the phone and providing cost-effective solutions.
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    2024-01-08
    We would definitely recommend Gemil. He is an honest contractor whose expertise was invaluable to us. We would definitely recommend him..
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    2023-12-06
    Gemil is a sincere contractor. Dedicated and can be trusted with your improvement/repair project. Does a great clean up after.
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    2023-11-30
    Exceptional service. I’m thankful that Gimel is also dog friendly
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    Lavesh Chattlani
    2023-11-14
    I had a great experience working with G1000 Home Substructure, and Gemil, the owner, exceeded our expectations. He seamlessly took over a challenging basement walkout project, providing thoughtful recommendations while prioritizing quality, design, and budget. Gemil maintained regular communication, explaining every detail transparently and coordinating effectively with subcontractors and engineers. Despite a tight deadline, he finished the project before the first snowfall, staying on budget. Thank you, Gemil, for your professionalism and commitment to quality!
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    2023-10-05
    Very knowledgeable team of professionals. There is a lot to be said about having peace of mind when hiring someone to do work for you. With Gemil and his team, you can rest easy knowing the work will be done right and with the utmost quality. I cannot recommend Gemil / G1000 Home enough!
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    2023-09-24
    Professional and experienced. He’ll bring your vision to life. Gemil was so easy to work with, he’ll guide you in the right direction with his expertise and works efficiently to get the job done. And most of all he’s reliable. Don’t waste your time with anyone less.
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    2023-09-21
    I hired G1000 Home to install a concrete pad in the backyard for our 8x10 shed. Gemil provided a fair quote, and supervised the job from start to finish, ensuring time lines were met, the site was kept clean and the installation was done properly. Previous clients gave G1000 amazing reviews so I knew we could count on them to execute the job properly, on time and within budget. Gemil is extremely knowledgeable about concrete and strong foundations. I am so extremely happy with the end result and would recommend Gemil and G1000 Home Substructure with confidence and satisfaction!

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    Frequently asked questions

    Basement lowering is the process of excavating and lowering the floor level of an existing basement to increase the ceiling height and create additional usable space. You may consider basement lowering to maximize the potential of your basement, create a legal apartment, add value to your property, and create more functional living areas such as bedrooms, entertainment spaces, or home offices.

    Determining the suitability of your basement for lowering requires a professional assessment. Factors such as the structural integrity of the foundation, soil conditions, and the presence of utilities need to be evaluated. Consulting with experienced contractors and structural engineers will help determine the feasibility and potential challenges of basement lowering for your specific property.

    Yes, basement lowering projects are subject to local building codes and regulations. These codes dictate aspects such as ceiling height requirements, structural modifications, permits, and safety measures. It is crucial to consult with professionals familiar with the local codes to ensure compliance and obtain the necessary city permits.

     

    The duration of the basement lowering process depends on various factors, including the size of the basement, complexity of the project, access, and any unforeseen issues encountered during construction. Generally, basement lowering projects can take several weeks to a few months to complete. A detailed timeline can be provided by the contractors after assessing your specific project.

     

    Yes, the way we underpin or bench your foundation is the safest way possible, and it does not require you to leave your home.

     

    Basement lowering, when done by professionals using appropriate techniques, should not compromise the structural integrity of your property. The process involves reinforcing the foundation to maintain stability and support the lowered floor. Structural engineers and experienced contractors ensure that the necessary precautions are taken to maintain the overall structural integrity of your property.

     

    Lowering your basement can offer several benefits, including increased ceiling height, additional living space, improved functionality, enhanced natural lighting, and increased property value. It allows you to create a more comfortable and versatile living environment that suits your needs and preferences.

     

    Depending on the scope of the project, it may be necessary to temporarily restrict access to the basement during certain stages of the process. However, contractors aim to minimize disruption and provide alternative access or temporary living arrangements if required. Clear communication with the contractors will help ensure minimal inconvenience during the basement lowering process.

     

    The cost of basement lowering can vary depending on factors such as the size of the basement, complexity of the project, existing conditions, required structural modifications, and your location. It is recommended to obtain quotes from reputable contractors who can assess your specific project requirements and provide a detailed cost estimate based on your needs.