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Underpinning: How To Make Your Home Work For You!
May 19, 2020
Is your current home quickly becoming too small for your family? Do you wish that you could squeeze more square footage out of the space? We completely understand! Not only is moving a hassle, but it also means leaving behind the home that your family has grown up in and that you’ve taken the time to personalize. If you’re looking for more square footage in your home, Underpinning may be the right fit for you! Keep reading to learn more.
What Is Underpinning?
Underpinning is a process where a team of professionals digs below the existing floor in your basement or crawl space to provide extra headroom. This process involves stabilizing the footing to ensure the space is safe.
What Are The Benefits Of Underpinning?
There are several different benefits associated with Underpinning. Some of the benefits include:
Better Than A Home Addition
Many people choose to go the route of adding a home addition to their home instead of Underpinning. There are several reasons why Underpinning is more beneficial than a home addition. First, Underpinning won’t increase your property taxes. Second, Underpinning also costs a fraction of what an addition would cost.
While the team is building your finished basement, you will have the opportunity to add several different features into the space. Before the insulation is added, you can be sure that they will use extra insulation to keep the heat in. Another benefit? Since the team is pouring a new floor, it is the perfect opportunity to install radiant heat flooring! This means you will be able to control the temperature of the floor, no matter what time of year it is! You will also have the chance to move your furnace and water heater to a new area that won’t be in the way, or an eyesore.
A Team of Experts
Another benefit of Underpinning is that you get to work with an engineer. You can talk with the engineer about moving support columns posts or replacing them with additional support beams. These experts will also give you the option of what size ceiling you would like as well as the size of windows.
And the greatest benefit of all? You’ll be able to use all this new square footage for whatever your family needs! A movie theatre? A man cave? The possibilities are truly endless! Additionally, your property tax is not reassessed after an underpinning project
Call the Experts at GJ MacRae Today
If you’re interested in learning more about Underpinning and making your current house work for you, contact the underpinning experts at GJ MacRae. Our team will work with you and an engineer to create the perfect space! We have over 40 years of experience working with customers in the Greater Toronto Area and we can’t wait to meet you!