Process of “Walk Out Basement Entry Building”

 - by Leon Tsebro

A walk out basement is a basement which has a doorway that leads directly to the ground level. This feature adds value to your house, regardless whether you are looking to live in, do business in or rent your basement. Additionally, this feature provides an easier access to furnace and plumbing maintenance.

This feature can serve as a living space for your family, allowing your parents to live with you, with their own independent personal space. Alternatively, you can live in the same house as young adults, while still allowing them to have the privacy and independence they desire.

16The perk can allow you to use your basement to make money. A walk out basement entry allows your basement to become a separate apartment available for rent, and becoming a money-maker for you and your family. A new entrance could also allow you to use your basement as a separate space for your business: regardless if it will be  used as a home office or a hair-dressing salon.

You need to consider zoning by-law and interior outline of the basement before deciding where the new entrance will be. After which, you need to get the city’s building permit. Underground basements need to be underpinned: ground is dug down to reach the floor level of the basement where the door will be located, until the existing foothold appears. A saw is used to cut out a doorway, before removing the slabs of the wall of the future entrance. Then, rework the new opening, and install the header and framework for the future door. After that, install the 1st course of wall blocks as a landing. Floor drain is needed on the floor for stairs that are not enclosed. It should connect to the building’s sanitary sewer, sump pit, or storm sewer. After installing the door of your choice, you are finished.

Let’s talk money; if you are looking for something standard and you just want to get it done, the price range is between $4,000 and $7,000. However, if you would like something that is more eloquent and refined, than it can cost anywhere between $7,000 to $20,000, depending on labour rates, live, concrete prices, drainage, and excavation.

If you would like to build or renovate a walk-out basement entrance, contact HomeRenoPlus.