Basements have had a major makeover in the past few years. Instead of being that dingy, dark place where you store prehistoric gym equipment, people have realised that basements can be useful extra rooms, like a games room or man cave, or vibrant second living rooms, or even an extra bedroom! So, there’s no wonder why you’re considering installing a basement under your home. You’ve probably got a couple of questions on your mind, however, so we’ll go through what’s involved when you make the smart move of installing a basement under your home.
To install a basement under your home, you need to have your home assessed by a basement construction expert first. These experts will take a comprehensive look at your home and its foundations to see whether a basement is suitable for it. If it gets the green light, then your basement constructors will move on to the next steps. Talk to the team at Techniblock to have your home assessed today.
One of the next steps involves excavation – one of the most exciting parts of the process. You can’t create a strong basement without a nice, big hole first! Unfortunately, you can’t just grab a shovel and set to work on your block of land. You need a team of excavation specialists who have all the right gear for bulk excavation. Your basement construction experts will set to work in excavating beneath your property, implementing structures to keep your house stable while excavation is carried out. The most important thing to understand is your foundations need to be deepened to allow the excavation to take place, otherwise your home could sink if not done correctly.
Reinforcement is also involved in building a basement under your home. Bored piers allow for reinforcement to be lowered into holes and concrete to be pumped into the pile this is only applicable if you do. This before your home is built. If it’s a retrofit basement under an existing home then most likely underpinning is required to extend you footings below your new proposed basement. Whether you need basement construction or repairs, Techniblock are experts when it comes to bored piers/underpinning and reinforcing your foundations.
Pouring the concrete
So, when the time is right, your basement builders will pour the concrete! As one of the strongest options for building a basement foundation, it’s no wonder why poured concrete is such a common choice for basement builders. It’s simple, reliable and sturdy. Poured concrete creates a strong basement foundation which rarely causes any problems.
One of the most important factors is dealing with potential water engress into basements. If you are close to the ocean or water course you may find the natural water table is too shallow to install a basement. Techniblock can arrange a Geotechnical expert to explore subsurface materials. And any moisture levels that exist.
Finishing touches and set up
Once these processes are complete and your basement builder declares the job done, it’s time to turn your concrete cavity into a new space for your home! Congrats!
We hope you now understand the basics of installing a basement under your home. See? It’s really not that complicated. Techniblock are the basement construction experts who make it seem super easy. They specialise in basement repairs and construction and foundation repairs too, so they’re able to help you out with all your basement needs. Get in touch with Techniblock today to get an assessment of your home.