Basement Seprate Enterance

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11/17/2011 at 8:33:20 PM

I brought a detached home recently in Brampton west, I looking for to make separate entrance from out side, could you please tell me do I need to go to the city to take permit. and the entrance I am proposing is from side backyard, And I want to build a kitchen in the basement.

Could anyone please tell me how much it costs approx? I need to get it done in by end of January.

Thanks in advance.

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Date/Time11/18/2011 at 2:22:45 PM

To add a new door there are a few questions?

-Do you need to excavate or its above ground?

-whats the wall material? Cement? Brick? Siding? Mix of them?

If part or all is underground you need to dig and reach with a drain to the whiping tiles at the base. You have also got to make sure that the walking from out or in is on your plot and not the neighbours.

The price will depend on the work and materials.

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Date/Time11/18/2011 at 6:11:42 PM

To add to what Harry noted: yes. You will need a permit from the city. You will be changing the structure of not only the basement wall, but also the ground (if the entrance is below or partly below grade). Thus, you will likely need to hire a structural engineer or architect to provide detailed drawings for the city.

As for the kitchen, you will be doing some plumbing and electrical work that will need to be inspected and passed. This will require a separate permit.

Given the length of time it takes to get all of the paperwork in place (bureaucracy is like a snail - slow!), you are not likely to get this done by the end of January (but, miricles do happen).

Brett Barager, MSW, CHI

Lone-Wolf Contracting

(A Division of Lone-Wolf Enterprises)


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Paul from Paul's Contracting in Barrie
Date/Time12/3/2011 at 10:05:39 AM

To add to what has been said above, pricing is very subjective. Make sure your contractor is licensed to work within your city, caries liability insurance, and issues a WSIB clearance certificate for you during the project. These things will impact pricing if a contactor does not have them and is working on the black market (which you want to stay away from). Don't buy on pricing alone, do some homework on the company you select.

Keep in mind the cost for the design (prepared by a structural engineer due to possible underpinning) and permit application fee's. Also need to verify with your building department your zoning (can you legally have a second dwelling in your house?), maximum building size permitted on your parcel of land, and how close you will be building to your property line(s). Check these things out first before you engage a contractor or design firm to make sure you can build what you want to build in your area.

There are many unknowns (electrical, plumbing, HVAC changes) but typically a basement entrance that requires excavation and re-grading will be between $13,000-$18,000+ depending many variables.

New kitchens are difficult to ball park given all the options and work involved to prep for it in a basement. You will need a site visit from a couple contractors to quote for you to review properly.

Hope this is useful to you.


Paul Counter


Paul's Contracting

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 8:35:15 AM

Hi There

Ususally you pull the permit request and give the info to the engineer who then provides what they have asked for.

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