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VMB Group, the premier provider of underpinnings and basement lowering solutions, boasts over 15 years of unmatched experience in Barrie and beyond. Renowned for our commitment to excellence, we prioritize quality craftsmanship, ensuring every project surpasses expectations. Our dedication to delivering superior outcomes has led to over 50% return on investment for our valued clientele. Trust VMB Group for transformative solutions that elevate your living space to new heights.

How Basement Underpinning Works


Basement underpinning is a specialized construction technique that involves the process of lowering an existing foundation’s depth by pouring new footings below the current ones. 

By carefully excavating beneath the existing footings and constructing new, reinforced footings at a lower level, the overall stability and durability of the foundation are significantly improved. This allows for the creation of additional living space or storage areas while ensuring the structural integrity of the home.

Basement underpinning involves a meticulous process where in the old foundation is expertly removed, the soil beneath is excavated, and a new, engineered foundation is constructed. This meticulous approach ensures that your home becomes more resilient and durable, consequently boosting its resale value.

Lowering the basement not only expands storage space and increases ceiling height for enhanced accessibility and comfort, but also addresses structural issues, ensuring a stable foundation, and adds extra living space at a significantly lower cost than traditional home additions.

What Are The Benefits of Basement Lowering?


Over time, various factors like soil movement, water damage, or the natural settling of the building can weaken a home’s foundation. Basement underpinning addresses these issues by strengthening the foundation, ensuring its stability and durability for years to come.


Basement lowering offers several compelling benefits for homeowners looking to enhance their living space and property value:

  • Structural Stability: Lowering the basement floor is effective in rectifying structural issues that may arise over time, such as sagging floors, cracked walls, or uneven settling. By providing a solid and level foundation, underpinning helps to correct these problems.
  • Increased Usable Space: The process of underpinning increases the ceiling height of the basement, making the space more comfortable and inviting. This expanded basement area can be finished and transformed into usable living space.
  • Improved Property Value: A renovated basement with increased headroom and additional living space adds significant value to the property. Potential buyers are often attracted to homes with finished basements that offer functional and versatile living areas, leading to higher resale value and increased marketability.

How Much Does it Cost to Lower Your Basement in Barrie?


Homeowners in Barrie can expect to invest between $50,000 and $70,000 for basement lowering. The cost of basement underpinning averages around $70-90 per square foot. This includes the labor, materials, and equipment needed to reinforce and lower the existing foundation.

It’s important to note that these figures are estimates, and actual costs may vary based on individual project requirements and local market conditions. To get an accurate assessment of the cost for basement lowering in Barrie, it’s recommended to consult with experienced contractors who can provide detailed quotes based on your specific needs and circumstances.

What Influences The Cost of Basement Lowering in Barrie?


Several factors can influence the cost of basement lowering in Barrie. These include:


Basement Size: The size of the basement directly impacts the amount of excavation and underpinning work required. Larger basements typically incur higher costs due to increased labor, materials, and equipment needs.


Depth of Lowering: The depth to which the basement needs to be lowered will affect the overall cost. Deeper excavations require more extensive underpinning and structural modifications, leading to higher expenses.


Foundation Condition: The condition of the existing foundation plays a significant role in determining the cost. If the foundation is in poor condition or requires extensive repairs, additional work may be needed, driving up the overall cost of the project.


Structural Complexity: The complexity of the structural modifications needed to lower the basement can impact costs. Projects that involve intricate designs, challenging access points, or special requirements may require more time and resources, resulting in higher expenses.

It’s crucial to consult with professionals to accurately assess the cost factors and considerations for basement lowering in Barrie.

Basement Renovation and Waterproofing Rebates In Barrie In 2024


At VMB Group Underpinnings, we recognize the vital need for a basement that’s not only dry but also secure against flooding. It’s our pleasure to announce to the residents of Barrie an exceptional chance to economize on critical waterproofing and drainage enhancements via the “Disconnect to Protect Rebate Program”.


This program, launched by the City of Barrie, is designed to lighten the load on the municipal sanitary sewer system by encouraging homeowners to undertake important disconnections and modifications. Eligible homeowners can benefit from a range of rebate options:

  • Receive up to $70 for detaching downspouts.
  • Get 75% back, with a maximum of $200, for redirecting sump pump outlets.
  • Avail of up to $2,000 for severing foundation drain connections, subject to obtaining a Building Permit.
  • Enjoy a 75% savings, capped at $675, on the installation of new sump pumps, permits required.



Strengthen your foundation and secure your home’s stability with our expert basement underpinning services.

Starting at $320 per ln/ft

Basement Lowering

Unlock additional living space and increase ceiling height by lowering your basement floor with our professional solutions.

Starting at $260 per ln/ft


Enhance the support and stability of your structure with precision-engineered bench footings tailored to your specific needs.

Starting at $210 per ln/ft


Maximize usable space and accessibility by excavating and converting your crawl space into a functional area with our efficient excavation services.

Starting at $160 per ln/ft


Upgrade your basement with a walkout entrance for added convenience, natural light, and enhanced accessibility to your outdoor space.

Starting at $550 per ln/ft


Transform your basement into a fully functional and inviting living area with our comprehensive finishing services, tailored to your preferences and needs.

Starting at $55 per sq/ft

*These prices give you a rough idea of what those services might cost. The final price can vary depending on your project.

FAQs About Basement Lowering

Underpinning involves excavating beneath the existing foundation to create a new, lower foundation level, while benching adds a ledge or "bench" around the perimeter of the basement walls, reducing the usable floor space but avoiding alterations to the foundation itself. The choice between the two depends on budget, desired outcomes, and structural considerations.

Preparation for a basement lowering project involves clearing out the basement, arranging for a thorough inspection by a structural engineer or qualified contractor, obtaining necessary permits, and discussing with your contractor any specific requirements or features you want to include in the newly lowered space. It's also wise to prepare for potential disruptions during the construction phase.

Living in your house during a basement lowering project is possible, but it depends on the extent of the work and personal comfort with the construction process. Significant structural work might require temporary relocation due to noise, dust, and potential utility disruptions. It's important to discuss living arrangements with your contractor before the project begins.

Choosing the right contractor is crucial for a successful basement lowering project. Look for a contractor with specific experience in basement lowering and underpinning, check for licenses and insurance, and ask for references or case studies of past projects. Additionally, ensure they understand local building codes and permit requirements. A good contractor will be transparent about the process, costs, and project timeline.

Why Choose VMB Group for Basement Underpinning in Barrie?


Our seasoned team of underpinning specialists oversees every aspect of the process, from initial site assessment to final completion. Here’s what you can expect:

Thorough Site Assessment: Our experts evaluate your property’s unique characteristics to tailor the underpinning approach to your specific needs.


Comprehensive Planning and Permitting: We handle all aspects of design, planning, and obtaining necessary permits, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for you.


Secure Structural Support: Prioritizing safety above all else, we securely shore up your home to facilitate the underpinning process.


Precision Excavation and Construction: Careful removal of soil and old foundation is followed by the precise construction of new concrete footers and walls, culminating in a robust foundation ready to support your home for years to come.

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About Barrie and Basement Lowering In The Area

Barrie, nestled approximately 90 kilometers north of Toronto along the western shore of Lake Simcoe, is a vibrant city that continues to thrive. With an enumerated population of 212,856 in 2021, Barrie is renowned for its picturesque waterfront scenery, complemented by scenic parks, trails, and recreational areas.


Embracing a moderate climate influenced by its proximity to Lake Simcoe, Barrie offers residents and visitors alike a rich cultural experience, featuring a dynamic arts scene and a calendar filled with events, festivals, and exhibitions throughout the year. The city’s diverse array of amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment venues, further contribute to its allure.

For homeowners embarking on home improvement projects like underpinning, obtaining a building permit from the City of Barrie is typically necessary. While small projects may be exempt from permitting requirements under certain conditions, obtaining permits for projects such as excavating a basement to increase existing headroom or underpinning foundation walls is essential. Rest assured, our experienced team will handle all necessary permit applications and approvals on your behalf, ensuring compliance with local regulations and codes. 


With VMB Group, you can trust that your project will be executed with professionalism, precision, and full adherence to all regulatory requirements.

Our Recent Underpinning Projects


Permits securing is a crucial legal step. It includes detailed plans submission to Mississauga's building authorities. Architects and engineers collaborate to create plans that meet local codes. Permit stage can require several revisions because city inspectors feedback can lead to adjustments. Timely and accurate documents submission will allow you obtain work permission quickly.

Basement excavation may influence the home's stability. Our architects start by dividing basement into 2 to 3 feet long sections. We excavate these sections in 3-4 stages. This keeps your home stable during construction works.

We set up wooden formwork for the concrete after digging each section. Inspector checks everything before we pour concrete. Work with new stages starts only when concrete hardens. This methodical process repeats for each stage until we complete underpinning around entire basement.

After walls underpinning, we focus on the basement's center excavating. This step involves removing bulk of the soil. We use small excavators for efficiency if it's possible. In cases where basement access is limited, we carry out this excavation manually with shovels. In this case work typically takes about a week.

We carefully demolish internal load-bearing walls during this stage and install temporary jack posts. They maintain house's stability. Our team meticulously performs all these tasks and follows detailed drawings under engineers’ supervision. This will ensure that each step is completed correctly, and your home is safe throughout the entire process.

High-quality drain system installation is essential because basement susceptible to moisture. This step is crucial to prevent leaks and dampness in newly renovated space. We offer various drainage solutions and discuss best option with each client ensuring personalized approach.

This stage also presents an ideal opportunity to replace entire plumbing system. Upgrading the pipes during underpinning eliminates the need for future disruptions, such as concrete slab or walls demolition. It's proactive approach that enhances functionality of your basement and contributes to the long-term integrity of your home's plumbing.

Tackling basement moisture effectively requires more than just a drainage system. We install Delta membrane on the interior sides of the basement walls to protect against moisture and dampness.

We lay gravel level after foundation excavation. It ensures solid and water-resistant base. This step is critical to preventing water seepage from underneath the foundation.

We also prioritize damp proofing and actively treat walls and floors. Damp proofing layer blocks moisture from penetrating into your basement. This combination ensures that our basement stays dry and healthy for years.

Concrete slab pouring is the final step in basement underpinning. We install all plumbing and electrical utilities before because they would be under concrete. It's important to lay concrete smoothly and create ideal base for any future flooring.

We closely monitor concrete drying process to ensure its long-lasting durability. We complete project by thoroughly basement space cleaning. Our work is done after this and you can start basement finishing.

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