basement excavation

maximize living space

why do you need a basement excavation?

Opting to dig down the basement of a house can be a strategic decision for homeowners seeking to maximize their living space. This process involves excavating the existing floor to provide an increased ceiling height in order to transform the basement into a more functional and inviting area. The primary motivation often revolves around the creation of an accessory apartment or additional living space. By increasing the ceiling height, homeowners not only address practical concerns such as improved headroom but also open the door to a myriad of design possibilities. This transformative measure turns what was once an underutilized area into a valuable extension of the home, offering versatility and the potential for innovative and spacious living arrangements. Whether it’s for accommodating extended family members, creating a rental unit, or establishing a comfortable home office, digging down the basement represents a strategic investment in expanding the possibilities within a residence.

what does a basement excavation look like?

Hiring experienced professionals is essential to successfully navigate the complexities of digging down a basement and ensuring a well-executed transformation of the space. Attention to detail, adherence to safety standards and compliance with local regulations are paramount.

This process involves a systematic series of steps to ensure structural integrity and create a functional yet inviting space.

Assessment and Planning

Conduct a thorough assessment of the existing basement and create a detailed plan for the excavation. This includes the consideration of factors such as soil composition, foundation structure and any existing plumbing or electrical systems.

Removal of Existing Concrete Floor

Begin by removing the existing concrete floor of the basement. This may involve breaking up and hauling away the old concrete to prepare the space for excavation.

basement Excavation

Excavate the basement floor to the desired depth, creating the additional space needed. Carefully remove soil and debris, ensuring the structural stability of the surrounding foundation.

Underpinning or Bench Footing

Implement underpinning or bench footing techniques to support the existing foundation. This involves reinforcing the foundation to withstand the additional load created by the deeper basement.

Installation of Interior Weeping System

Implement an interior weeping system to manage water drainage. This involves installing drainage pipes and a sump pump to redirect water away from the basement, preventing potential flooding issues.

Subterranean Plumbing Installation

Address any plumbing needs at the new depth, ensuring that subterranean plumbing systems are appropriately installed. This includes sewer lines, water supply, and any additional plumbing required for the renovated space.

Reinforcement and Structural Considerations

Evaluate and reinforce the structural elements of the foundation as needed. This may involve adding additional support beams or columns to ensure the stability of the newly excavated space.

Pouring the New Concrete Floor

Once the necessary adjustments and installations are complete, pour a new concrete floor for the basement. This step involves carefully leveling and finishing the concrete to create a smooth and functional surface.

Inspections and Compliance

Schedule inspections to ensure that the newly excavated and renovated basement complies with local building codes and regulations. This step is crucial to guarantee the safety and legality of the project.

Finalization and Finishing

Complete any finishing touches, such as painting, flooring installation, or other aesthetic enhancements to transform the excavated space into a fully functional and welcoming area.
comprehensive + transparent

our process

At Davidson Site Works Inc., our comprehensive and transparent process is designed to turn basement vision into reality. From the initial consultation to the final permit closure, we are committed to delivering high-quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer satisfaction.

Initial Consultation

The process begins with an initial consultation where our team meets with the customer to understand their specific needs and vision for the basement excavation project. This involves discussing the intended use of the space, any design preferences and addressing any initial questions or concerns.

Detailed Quote Generation

With the finalized set of plans in hand, we generate a detailed quote for the basement excavation project. This quote outlines all the anticipated costs, including materials, labour, permits and any additional considerations based on the engineering plans.

Quote Approval and Building Permit Application

Upon the customer's approval of the detailed quote, we proceed to the next phase. This involves submitting the application for the building permit to the relevant local authorities. We handle all the necessary paperwork and liaise with the permitting office to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Project Execution

Once the building permit is obtained, we initiate the project execution phase. Our skilled team undertakes the basement excavation work according to the approved plans and timelines. Throughout the process, we maintain open communication with the customer to provide updates on the project's progress.

City Inspections

As the excavation work progresses, we coordinate and schedule city inspections as required by local regulations. These inspections ensure that the work is in compliance with building codes and safety standards.

Project Completion and Permit Closure

Upon the successful completion of the basement excavation, we conduct a final walkthrough with the customer to ensure their satisfaction. Subsequently, we close out the building permit by providing all necessary documentation and obtaining any final inspections required by the city.

ready to start the process?