Advice on adding separate entrance to basement in Mississauga?

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Posted by: from Mississauga
1/2/2015 at 10:09:18 AM

I'm planning to add a separate entrance to my basement (step down) in the City of Mississauga. I need some guidance and advice from professionals.

How to make sure the contractor is qualified?

Estimates on how much this will cost?

What are the special requirements, etc?

Only looking for advice at this time.


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Date/Time1/2/2015 at 11:00:19 AM

Hi Sudirikku,

I would be looking for a contractor that has proven experience in foundation repair and waterproofing in addition to a standard concrete work.

I considered this option many years ago and found it was cost prohibitive. To do it properly you need to go an additional 4' below the existing footings and install new footings, install drainage in the well and have that connected to the drain line in the home and make sure all the walls are protected from frost heave either through reinforcement or exterior protection. The walls should be tied into the existing wall with either block interlay or by cold meshing the existing concrete with the new pour and of course the existing waterproofing and weeping tile needs to be made proper after the work is completed.

At a minimum I think you would be looking at $7,000 to $10,000 for a very basic install.



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Navroop from Singh on Homes in Brampton
Date/Time1/2/2015 at 11:24:20 AM

Cost depends on how many steps you are going down.

Would you require permit from city to make ir legal separate entrance?

Would you do permits or want contractor to do everything?

Estimate will depend on requirements listed above.


Navroop Singh

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Date/Time1/2/2015 at 7:46:23 PM

Hi there,

Most contractors would have customer reviews on trusted pros. That would be a start.

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Date/Time1/5/2015 at 10:16:16 PM

Great Question Sudirikku,

The first step is to go to the city and get the setbacks to evaluate where the separate entrance can be built. I always recommend going to see at least 3 jobs completed by the contractor as well as speaking to the home owners. Once you've vetted the quality of the contractors, I would then have them submit quotes. These quotes should be detailed with a scope of work, permit application (including revisions) and all material and labour.

Good Luck!

Guy Solomon

General Manager

Penguin Basements Ltd.

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