This 1940’s house had a basement with only 6 feet of headroom.  The client wanted to expand their living space into the basement, but required 7’8” or more head room to accomplish this.


  • Increase basement head room from 6 feet to 8 feet
  • Structurally reinforce all foundation walls
  • Control foundation water
  • Upgrade sewer, water and electrical
  • Perform Project Engineering and Obtain Building Permits


  • Project Engineering was completed and a Building Permit was obtained from the City of Edmonton.
  • We installed a structural concrete ledge around the base of the chimney to provide support as we were going down in floor elevation more than 2 feet.
  • Hotwater tank was lowered onto a temporary pad and the furnace was strapped up.
  • New center beam column pads were installed at a new lower elevation.
  • A new large window was cut in for a future bedroom location’s fire egress.
  • The basement floor was lowered and all dirt hauled out.
  • An interior water control mat was installed using System Platon that drained any foundation water into a drainage layer under the PWF wall that was being installed.
  • An interior PWF structural reinforcement wall was constructed on the interior perimeter to provide structure support. This wall was inspected and passed by an Engineer at completion.
  • New sewer and water lines were installed along with interior under floor plumbing for future bathroom etc.
  • A sump system was installed to drain all potential water on a controlled basis
  • A new electrical service was installed with a new panel and new location.
  • Hydronic heating (in-floor water tubes) was installed prior to pouring the new basement floor.
  • All required inspections were performed and passed. The homeowner was able to move ahead with developing his basement with his newly increased “headroom”.


We have had our fair share of unremarkable and even troublesome experiences with other contractors, so you guys were certainly a breath of fresh air. An honest contractor, bang on with the timeline, finished on time, within budget, your “nothing is too much trouble” attitude…and a job well done.

Michael Abbott

It is terrific to see that your company’s motto of “Quality without Compromise” is more than just words… The job was completed ahead of schedule and the workers ensured that when they left, the yard looked just like it did when they arrive. Well, actually it looked better…

Don and Eve Neil

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done. After this past weekend’s deluge, our basement was left completely dry.

Aileen & Wayne Dembicki

Abarent provided a 3-page, itemized list of the specific work to be done at each stage of the project, including descriptions of optional issues (including additional costs) that might arise during the work. The company president did the initial walk-through for their estimate and later went through it, line by line. He pointed out potential problems and things we had to prepare for during the work (extra cracks, concrete dust, effects on neighbors, etc.)… Repairing a foundation is a very traumatic event for any householder because all of your house investment is (literally!) in the air. If you have to do it, call Abarent. They are professional – we cannot recommend them highly enough.

John Baker