If you are thinking about your basement as great extra space, it may mean hiring a professional to changing the ceiling height
If you are thinking about your basement as great extra space, it may mean hiring a professional to changing the ceiling height. It can increase usable space by 50% if completed correctly. This would give you a wonderful home office or den.
To raise a basement ceiling there are two options. One is benching and the other is underpinning.
Underpinning can cost a few thousand dollars or more depending on the amount of work involved. It is a framework that expands the height of the basement as well as increase the available square footage. It involves:
- Engineer who produces drawings and applies for the appropriate licenses
- Removing the basement concrete floor and excavating soil.
- Locating the pins.
After carefully examining the situation, the engineer may recommend new posts. That would include new footings along with the posts. Pins are also inserted into the two-inch space along the current footings to secure the floor and to ensure a long lasting repair.
Then pipes are installed. If necessary, a sewer injector is also installed.
After all this a waste framework is laid to waterproof the area. On top of that a minimum of three inches of small rock is set and then the concrete is poured and levelled appropriately.