Welcome to Maximum General Contracting Inc.

  • Toronto basement underpinning repairs
  • Home foundation repairs
  • Lowering basement floors
  • Toronto basement waterproofing
  • Basement floor cement work
  • Masonry work and chimney repairs
  • General contracting & renovations

Toronto Basement Lowering and Underpinning Specialists

At Maximum General Contracting Inc., our mission is to deliver to all of our clients a finished project that is "above and beyond" their expectations. We do not compromise on our standards of quality, both in materials and workmanship. Coupled with integrity and a fully backed guarantee, Maximum General Contracting Inc. is fully licensed and insured. "Your project is important to us".

Maximum General Contracting is your # 1 choice for basement underpinning and waterproofing services in the Greater Toronto Area. From foundation repairs, basement waterproofing, basement lowering, cement and concrete work, we have built a reputation for quality work, reliability and dedication to every project.

Our skilled, licensed, and experienced trades' people have been providing first rate service to clients in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for over 20 years. Maximum General Contracting Inc. is known as a top Toronto contracting company that specializes in underpinning, lowering basements, bench footings, waterproofing homes and businesses, all types of foundation repairs, concrete, cement and chimney work and chimney repairs.

As Toronto foundation specialists at Maximum General Construction, we can show you how underpinning can give you more useable space in your home and increase its value. Excavating around a basement foundation is not a do-it-yourself project, nor should you entrust the integrity of your home's foundation to just any general contractor or handy man. At Maximum General Contracting, basement underpinning is what we do. We are underpinning experts with many years of experience repairing foundations and lowering basements in Toronto.

While we specialize in basement underpinning, we at Maximum General Contracting offer much more than that. We service all sorts of construction jobs, from basement underpinning to foundation repairs, masonry work, bathroom & kitchen renovations and more. We provide full construction solutions for all of our clients looking to better their households.

Heavy rainfall in Toronto and flood warnings have almost become a regular occurrence, sometimes causing water damage to Toronto homes. Improper drainage or cracks in the foundation can cause a basement to become damp. With enough rainfall, excess water can pool around the foundation, and if the basement is not watertight, can cause major problems, including flooding and further damage to your basement foundation.

The Maximum General Construction team are Toronto underpinning and basement lowering experts. Basement lowering and underpinning projects are typically completed in older homes with overall low basement heights. Existing soil conditions must be considered in underpinning. Maximum General has years of experience in Toronto foundation work, we know the soil conditions that exist in many areas of the city with older homes. In recent years, basement lowering has increasingly gained popularity as a way to increase living space or to create a basement rental unit. Prospective clients are always pleasantly surprised to learn how much increased useable living space can be created when lowering a basement and underpinning their home.

Toronto foundation underpinning experts, Maximum General Contracting Inc. is a professional underpinning and basement lowering contracting company with many years of experience improving homes in the GTA. We are proud to have received many great customer recommendations and testimonials about our work. Our customers give us high marks on home renovating and service company rating sites, like HomeStars.

There are many Toronto construction companies, so how do you select the right one for your construction project? The best place to start is by looking into a company's history, and seeing what their past clients have to say. At Maximum General Construction, we proudly display past testimonials and a job site portfolio for everyone to see. Our past jobs portfolio displays our work in basement underpinning, new kitchen builds, kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, foundation repairs, and more. We have a long history and an excellent reputation as one of Toronto's top construction companies. We would love to show you our work first hand.

Basement underpinning refers to the reinforcement of an existing foundation. It may be required to bring an old foundation up to code, or if the basement has degraded over time. The choice of a homeowner to hire a basement underpinning company may also come about if they would like to have the ceiling raised in their basement. In this case, the basement underpinning may be referred to as "basement lowering" as the basement floor will be dug out and replaced at a lower level, increasing the overall ceiling height. Underpinning is an extremely complex job that should only be attempted by professionals. For this difficult home renovation, it is vital to hire a licensed contractor experienced in underpinning, like Maximum General Contracting. Working in small sections around the basement perimeter, earth is excavated, footings are poured at depths lower than the original, and then the wall is rebuilt in stages. Care must be made to ensure that as the load is transferred it is evenly supported to protect the integrity of the home. When the deeper foundation walls are finished, the basement floor can be safely dug out to create a higher ceiling depth.

Another way to increase the ceiling height in a basement is through a process called bench footing or bench-pinning. This type of basement lowering is less expensive than lowering the floor through underpinning and is quicker to do, but it has the disadvantage of reducing the basement's square footage of useable living space. With bench-footing, a new foundation is built inside the existing foundation, creating a perimeter wall or bench around the basement which decreases the size of the basement by several feet. As with basement underpinning, bench-footing (bench pinning) is not a home renovation project for the do-it-yourself. This is a job where you want to hire a professional contractor who specialized in basement lowering. Maximum General Contracting is a top-rated Toronto general contractor that has years of experience underpinning basements and repairing foundations in the GTA.

It is crucial that when you are having additions or renovations done to your house that you trust experienced professionals to get the job done right. We have years of experience in basement underpinning, foundation repairs in houses, bathroom and kitchen renovation, and general contracting. This experience is invaluable when it comes to whom to trust in the construction of your house. As the old saying goes, "measure twice, and cut once", it is important to always get the job done right the first time. So whether you are planning a kitchen renovation, a new building addition, raising a building, or any other general contracting project, always trust experience.

You don't want just any Toronto general contractor working on your home's foundation! You should feel 100 percent certain that the general contracting company that you entrust to lower your home's basement, perform basement waterproofing, or make repairs on your home's foundation is skilled and reliable. To learn what our customers think of Maximum General Contracting, check us out on HomeStars.com, a trusted website that helps homeowners find reputable renovators and repairmen. Our Toronto contracting company has many stellar reviews from past clients who have been very happy with our service.

Our work is done right the first time. City Inspections passed - 1st time, every time!

In Toronto, building inspections are taken very seriously. If the work on your new building addition or renovation is not up to code, it will have to be torn down and rebuilt. This can and will cost time and money, neither of which you want to have to spend. We constantly check and recheck our projects, from the masonry work on foundations, basement underpinnings, kitchen and bathroom renovations and all other work. The old motto with general contracting is to measure twice and cut once. We take this to heart when we undertake new construction projects. We make sure that our work is done to code, and our work has always passed city building inspections.

Basement mold creates a health risk for your whole family, and once mold takes hold within your house, it is very hard to eradicate it completely. One of the best ways to deal with mold is to be proactive about it. By having your basement lowered before any mold sets in, you greatly reduce the risk of ever getting any mold in the first place. Having your foundation construction done properly when your house is first built is very important, but if you have just bought a new house with an improperly finished basement foundation, you should seriously consider having your basement lowered to help prevent mold build up before it starts.

Building additions and renovation add-ons can be tricky tasks. The new building structure must tie into the existing building, and this has to be done without weakening the overall support structure. If the house addition is done improperly, you can face large reparation charges, which can be avoided by having your home construction done right the first time. When we are hired to build additions to client's homes, we take our time and do not cut corners. We make sure that the overall stability of the home is not affected during the building construction process, and we do our best to ensure that when the home renovation or addition is completed, the building structure is stronger than when we started.

Underpinning is the effective way to stabilize your home's foundation and allow for increased strength to the home. Within a typical underpinning and basement lowering project, new main drains are supplied and installed, internal waterproofing is provided and your basement now includes a new concrete floor to better allow for suitable basement finishes including radiant floor heating (if so desired). Leaving you with a dry, healthy and safe livable space; dramatically increasing the usability of your basement while increasing the value of your home.

Along with your new living space, you may opt for a new entrance or basement walkout which can be incorporated into your underpinning plans. Our administrative staff will arrange for all required permits for your project. Should you require plans to be drawn up, we work with dedicated engineers that will handle all your planning requirements.

By having your basement lowered and a new entrance put in, you can even open up the opportunity for a basement rental unit. This can help provide an alternate source of income, while also increasing the value of your home. There are many advantages to having your basement lowered, but you must always make sure to use a highly professional basement lowering specialist. Any work with your home's foundation must be completed properly, or you run the risk of future problems with the foundation.

Having a strong and properly finished foundation is crucial for the structural integrity of your home. The foundation is the base of your house, and therefore cannot be ignored. If you do notice any cracks or shifts in your foundation, do not hesitate in calling a foundation repair company. If an unstable foundation is not repaired, it can lead to further damage down the road, which can escalate the cost of repair. Foundation repairs will always represent money well spent. A deteriorating foundation leads to a plethora of other issues because of water migration. In extreme cases this can lead to safety issues - both structural and pertaining to mold and other environmental issues. Houses with foundation problems left unchecked will be difficult to sell down the road and will be reduced in valuation at the time of sale. Many home deal fall apart when home inspection turn up foundation problems.

Often, people make the assumption that they can take on any home repair themselves, and save the money of hiring a professional contractor to get the job done. While occasionally a person may be able to make adequate repairs to hold over any structural issues, this is always against recommendations. All building must be held to structural code, and most individuals are unaware of what meets code, and what repairs would not make the cut. By hiring a professional contractor you can be sure that any and all repairs will be done to code. This means that you can be certain that the repairs are completely fixed, and will not create even more serious problems down the road.

Renovations are a terrific way to both increase the value of your home, and also add your own personality to make your house truly a reflection of you and your family's tastes and lifestyle. Home renovations let you update older looking rooms, giving your home a "facelift" You can add space or repurpose rooms. It is always important to note that home renovations are an investment, so hire a professional licensed contractor with experience in home renovations. A good home renovator will be knowledgeable and up to date with all building codes. He will have a solid track record with previous customers and have references available. Sometimes you will have contractors that will undercut costs, and leave you with a subpar renovation.

New renovations, like laying floors or removing walls to add space to your home, can seem like simple tasks that can be done over a weekend. But often times, these jobs can involve steps that you may not have considered. Chances are you will come across problems part way through and realize only too late that you're in over your head with your renovation. To avoid situations like this, you should always trust your home renovations to a trusted and licensed professional contractor who will make sure that all of your work is done right and that there will be no hiccups that will cost you more time and money down the road.

Benefits of Lowering your Basement

  • An increase in living space with no increase in property taxes
  • Increased equity in your home
  • Rental income (if desired)
  • A healthy environment; free of mold, mildew and odour
  • Long term energy savings
The cost to lower a basement can vary. There are numerous factors taken into consideration when quoting a basement lowering project.
  • size of the basement
  • depth of excavation
  • type and condition of existing foundation
  • type of soil
  • number of support columns/ I beams
  • relocation of water supply/ sewage lines
It is very important that all relevant information be analyzed by an experienced professional to determine what is occurring. Only then can an effective plan be put into action. Call today to arrange for your free estimate.

Lowering your basement floor is one of the most cost effective methods of increasing the living space within your home. By having the basement lowered, you can gain enough additional height clearance to turn a crawl space into a full basement. This can greatly increase the living space of your home, while still keeping the square footage the same to keep your taxes down. Adding a basement to your house by lowering your basement is also a terrific way to increase the value of your house. When you add the additional living space of a renovated basement, your investment often pays for itself in the increased market value of your home.

By having your basement lowered, you increase the airflow through your house and therefore also decrease the amount of mold and mildew that can accumulate in moist basements. Basements are infamous for the accumulation of mold and mildew that appear due to stagnant air and humidity. By lowering your basement you will increase the amount of airflow through the space, reducing the stagnancy of the air. Having your basement lowered can help you avoid health issues caused by mold, and also increase your property value.

Why MAXIMUM for your Toronto Basement Lowering/ Underpinning Renovation?

  • Maximum ensures superior workmanship
  • Maximum uses the best materials and most up to date methods
  • Maximum's full range of expertise in basement lowering and underpinning
  • Maximum is fully licensed and insured
Never trust just any Toronto contractor to do major renovations or construction to your home, especially a job like basement underpinning which demands the skills of an experienced general contracting firm and basement lowering specialist, like Maximum General. You have too much invested in your home to not demand the best!

Underpinning your house can be a great way to improve the value of your home, provided you hire the right construction crew for the job. Lowering a basement is not a simple construction project that can be trusted to any deck builder, handyman or roofer. At Maximum General Contracting, we have years of experience in basement underpinning and have always provided a quality of service that is well above par. If you are looking for an experienced basement lowering crew to help with your next major home renovation, call Maximum General Contracting.

There is always plenty of red tape to cut through before a new contraction project can begin. There are permits and approvals that must be obtained for home construction projects like basement lowering and underpinning, home additions and major home renovations. If you are not familiar with possible jobsite requirement and the necessary forms that must be completed, it can be frustrating and time consuming. When you entrust Maximum General Construction as your general contractor, we take care of obtaining all necessary permits, plans, and approvals. We make sure that everything is place so that the work gets done on time, and passes all municipal requirements.

John's Message (President of Maximum General Contracting Inc.)

"Our company's reputation has been well established through years of experience, hard work, honesty and integrity. We have always and will continue to make every effort in providing our clients with the most up-to-date and effective construction methods and materials. Knowing every basement lowering and underpinning situation is unique, our company has developed a customer service program that ensures consistent, quality service along with best practice solutions. I am confident that we can provide you with cost effective and permanent solutions to your basement lowering needs. We look forward to hearing from you."

Maximum General Contracting provides general contracting services including home renovations, home additions, masonry repairs, brick & block laying, concrete work including concrete restoration work, chimney repairs. In the last few years many home owners are seeking the comfort of radiant floor heating. We do complete installation of electric and closed loop radiant floor heating systems. Maximum General Contracting has been in business completing home renovations, foundation repairs and basement waterproofing in Toronto for over 20 years. Basement underpinning is a complicated process that requires great skill and an expert's touch, so don't entrust your home to just any contractor or basement lowering company. Our experience and expertise is supported by years of satisfied customer testimonials.

Looking to spring some life back into your house?

An addition or renovation to your home can give you a new perspective on your house, and greatly increase quality of living in your home, as well as the resale value. Home renovations or building additions to a new home are also an excellent way to customize it and make it truly "your" new home. Whether it is a kitchen renovation or a completely new room addition, it is important to have the job done correctly. At Maximum General Contracting, we have been doing housing construction for years. We can take care of all plumbing, roofing, electrical work and everything else that comes along with renovations. We know how to get the work done right, so it only has to be done once.

Are you looking for a way to turn your dingy crawl space, or low-ceiling basement into a beautiful living space for a family room, recreation room or den? You should seriously consider having your basement lowered. This can help open up the space in your house, giving you and your family more room to grow. By lowering your basement you can completely turn around the look and feel of your house while also greatly increase its value. Finishing your basement can be a good investment. It is a much more cost-effective way of obtaining extra useable living space than building an addition. A basement renovation can add new functionality to your home. Whatever you require; an extra bedroom, more storage, or a comfortable place to entertain, with the help of an experienced contractor, you can transform your basement and get the space to fit your needs.

At MGC we understand that your time is valuable and that every moment your home renovations are ongoing is another moment that you can't enjoy your finished space. Let's face it; home renovations can sometimes be an inconvenience for homeowners. At Maximum General Contracting, we understand. We work hard to make sure that all of our time is efficiently used so that your basement underpinning or house renovation is done right and is also completed within a reasonable time schedule.

Do You Have Water Leaking into your Basement?

Basement water leaks can be unhealthy leading to mold, mildew and odor in your home. If you currently have water leaking into your basement or have a damp and musty basement call MAXIMUM for a free consultation. Our experienced Toronto waterproofing specialists will provide you and your loved ones with a healthy living environment.
We work carefully with engineers to resolve your foundation problems. We provide fixed priced quotes and take out the necessary permits prior to stating the project. The quality of our home foundation repairs, basement lowering and waterproofing services will meet and surpass all your expectations.

Basement mold creates a health risk for your whole family. Once mold takes hold within your home, it is very hard to eradicate and may require the costly services of a professional mold remediation company. One of the best ways to deal with mold is to stop it from ever happening. By having your basement lowered and finished by an experienced contractor who specializes in underpinning, you greatly reduce the risk of ever getting basement mold in the first place. Proper foundation construction when a house is first built is crucial, so if your house has a damp basement, one of the reasons could be it could be the basement foundation. This should be looked at right away. If you do need to have extensive work to repair the foundation, you should also consider having your basement lowered at the same time. If you need advance about your Toronto basement, call Maximum General Contractors.

Are you tired of cold basement floors?

Radiant floor heating is the perfect way to heat a basement. It works by heating the floor to a comfortable temperature, which then, in turn, heats the air. It provides an efficient way to heat the area, while giving you a comfortable floor to walk on. Often, a basement floor can get damp and this can lead to mould and other issues. With an electric heated floor, the surface stays dry, preventing issues caused by a damp floor. Radiant heating in the floor adds incredible resale value to your property, and is the perfect way to heat a new or recently renovated basement.

Even if radiant floor heating isn't for you, there are plenty of other options to make your basement floors more comfortable to walk on. DRIcore flooring is a subfloor solution that raises your flooring up off of the cold concrete of the basement, and adds a layer of insulation under your floor. This raised flooring can make a world of difference in your basement flooring, without the high cost of radiant floor heating.

If the thought of your basement makes you think of a dungeon; a cool damp place with dimly lit rooms where you do not want to spend any time, then you are missing out on the use of a large section of your home. A basement renovation and remodel can add extra space to your home much more economically than an addition. Done right, you can have a warm and inviting living space where people will be happy to gather and linger, extra room for overnight guests, or a dedicated-use space for hobbies, or to use as you please.

Maximum General Contracting Inc. provides the following high quality services:

  • Basement Lowering
  • Underpinning
  • Benchfooting
  • Waterproofing
  • Concrete/ Brick Work
  • Home Renovations
  • Radiant Floor Heating
  • Main Drains/ Sump Pumps
  • Plans and Permits
At Maximum General Contracting, we do much more than basement underpinning. As professional Toronto contractors, we are highly-experienced in all aspects of home construction and renovation. We can provide our clients with all necessary contracting services and, in most cases, take charge of the entire project from start to finish. As your Toronto general contractor, we can provide a turn-key renovation solution, whether it's a kitchen remodel, finishing a basement, a bathroom renovation, or any other home renovation project. Maximum General Contracting will complete the job to your satisfaction from beginning to end.

Are you tired of stepping out of your nice warm shower, just to be greeted by a cold, tiled floor? With radiant floor heating, you can get your tiled floors heated, making them feel warm and comfortable under your feet and letting you be more relaxed in your home. Radiant floor heating also helps to increase the value of your home and adds in that extra touch of luxury. If you are interested in getting radiant floor heating system installed in your house, please feel free to give us a call.

When it comes to starting a new construction job, there is more to it than just hard labour; there is a lot red tape to cut through before you are even able to begin a new building addition or renovation. Unfortunately, if you are not familiar with all of the jobsite requirement forms, it can be very taxing and take up a lot of time to figure out. At Maximum General Construction, we make sure to take the hassle out of all of this by acquiring the various permits and plans for you. We make sure that everything is place so that the work gets done on time, and passes all municipal requirements.
Maximum General Contracting Inc.

MGC Underpinning - Toronto

Maximum General Contracting provides Toronto foundation underpinning repairs, basement lowering and basement waterproofing solutions. We also do general contracting renovations, cement work and chimney repairs.
Toronto Ontario Canada