True North Underpinning

Basement Renovation
9 Canvarco Rd Toronto ON M4G
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John McLean from Toronto
John McLean from Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Underpinning

My wife and I were uncertain where to start when planning our 2013 basement renovation. Our basement dreams included a 4 foot drop to give us 10 foot ceilings. We started our research here in Homestars and decided on True North Underpinning based on their attention to detail when preparing their estimates (all the 10 ratings on this site helped our decision too).
I'm happy to add another 10 rating to the site based on our experience. Daniel, Otto, and Josh were easy to work with and took the time to walk us through each step of the process. They provided delivered on their work plan religiously including the status updates needed to reassure us. They also delivered on their cost and schedule estimates despite some tricky issues with our difficult neighbors and the winter weather.
It was particularly reassuring that Daniel stayed with the project after the contract was signed and managed all issues with the same professionalism he displayed when we were convinced to sign his team originally. Overall, the work was tremendous beginning to end of project and even after when they helped to ensure our lawn grew back after their equipment was removed and ground thawed. We'd happily recommend True North to friends and family.

Approximate cost of services:
$60,000.00
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Paul McGuire from Toronto
Paul McGuire from Toronto
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Underpinning

We had True North underpin our basement and they did a fantastic job. There were some logistical issues especially with the placement of the bin and Daniel's team did a great job working with our neighbour to address his concerns. The job was done well, on time (was actually done a week earlier than we expected) and for the price we were originally quoted. If you are looking to have your basement underpinned you can't go wrong with True North. The leader on our project was John and he was great to deal with and all the guys were very personable. Great Job. Thank-You to Daniel, Otto and team.

Approximate cost of services:
$40,000.00
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Pauline Potter from Old Toronto
Pauline Potter from Old Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

underpinning

Daniel and Josh were always helpful, friendly and punctual and their price competitive. The crew was hardworking and very polite and neat. We are very delighted with the job and would recommend them highly. Thanks guys for the great job.

Approximate cost of services:
$41,000.00
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Marcel Saumure in Toronto
Marcel Saumure in Toronto
5 reviews TORONTO, ON
10/10

Benching basement down 9"

Got 3 quotes for underpinning 600 square feet of raw basement space. Having done research on both Homestars and On-line regarding underpinning vs. benching. 2 Quotes with mix of underpinning and benching but for only 400 square feet of basement at 43,000 and up. True North's Otto came one evening to estimate. I asked if the house had footings under floor to do benching...he thought not, told me to do couple of test holes over next couple of days...said to him, "hold on, do it right now!" grabbed a wrench bar and smashed through 1917 built floor and discovered 4 and 1/2" footings in and same down. "Well now!" said Otto, "we can do benching no problem, 8" in and give you 8" down". True North had a quick window of opportunity and I just went ahead and signed the boys on. At 18Ks (+ 3Ks for plumbing + Taxes) for benching, it was a bargain compared to underpinning. Daniel came in and introduced his crew, Crew Lead Josh, assistant Josh, helpers Joel and some other J-named fellaws...They start digging down and low and behold I have Jurrassic Beach sand below the floor instead of the usual soil or clay. In fact the sand is so fine and dry, like caribean beach sand, that 8" in and 8" down will not allow for safe and proper support of basement walls; Daniel and Otto suggest we go 1 foot in and 1 down to gain an overall 6" and a bit of extra height after floor is poured. Otto even mentioned that they could not have underpinned with the kind of sand I had there. So - Caveat Emptor - buyer beware - know ahead of time if benching rather than underpinning is right for you. Benching gives you smaller usable space but adding a higher framing behind where sofa will be, eliminates wasted bench space as that now becomes a shelf for lamps, photos, books, etc. The Main Bulkhead for heating ducts marries and frames one wall where TV will be placed, creative solutions abound when you bench a basement. We, through our creative talent Mike at Sonoma, made our space interesting and very much functional. The crew at True North were hard working, clean and efficient. That work is all about grunt and sweat as so much material was removed through a tiny side window using wheelbarrows and buckets. The crew are terrific. In under three weeks, I had a brand new bare bones basement. Dan and Josh returned recently to do a bit of brick-work, sealing a window. As Otto said once to me, we've done over a hundred basements and each and every one of them is unpredictable and will serve up a surprise curve-ball. Mine was the fine beach sand that lay underneath the basement floor; had the walls not been in such good shape (1917 poured concrete walls on footings to just above ground, then double brick on up) other surprises would have complicated matters. I recommend benching, if all you need is to gain a few inches of height, or a mix, as long as you pre-plan the divisions in your basement space. Thank you Daniel, Otto, Josh and the gang...really nice work!

Approximate cost of services:
$22,000.00
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Gary MacAskill from Old Toronto
Gary MacAskill from Old Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement/Underpinning

True North Underpinning came recommended to my wife and I and we couldn't be happier. Both Daniel and Otto were easier to work with and took the time to walk us through each step of the process. They proactively provided status updates and helped us make the right decisions for our basement. On top of this, the crew was professional, punctual and very conscious of our family living on site through the renovation. Excellent work, attention to detail and customer service making the 6 week project fly by. We'd happily recommend True North to friends and family.

Approximate cost of services:
$40,000.00
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Mira in the Danforth
Mira in the Danforth
5 reviews TORONTO, ON
10/10

Basement underpinning

I highly recommend True North Underpinning. After meeting with Otto, we felt confident that the job would be done well and we weren't disappointed. Daniel did an excellent job overseeing the project, keeping us informed and making sure that everything was progressing smoothly. We were worried because we have a shared driveway and we did not want to upset our neighbour. Daniel spoke to the neighbour and made arrangements and our bins never stayed overnight. The neighbour had no complaints and commented that they seemed to be a great company to work with. When unexpected things happened, as they often will in renovations, Daniel made sure that everything was dealt with in a timely and safe manner. The crew worked hard and were professional and courteous. The quote and time frame were accurate. I would definitely recommend True North to our nearest and dearest.

Approximate cost of services:
$38,000.00
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Playtor Estates
Playtor Estates
1 review Whitby, ON
10/10

Underpinning

Daniel and Otto were the first people that we met with regarding our underpinning project. We were so impressed with them, we didn't even bother getting other quotes. Their attitude and experience were enough for us. Their quote was very detailed and they set our expectations from the very beginning. Daniel was onsite everyday and his team was great. Everyone was very respectful of our home and our neighbours. We have young children and needed access to our laundry during the project. They always set our machines back up on the schedule we agreed on. For those of you wondering, it is possible to keep doing the wash during an underpinning project if you're up for an adventure and you own a good pair of boots! Daniel did a good job managing our inspector when we ran into issues with a previous project. In the end, the project was done in the timeframe specified and for the price quoted. We genuinely enjoyed working with Daniel and his team and would highly recommend True North. We only wish they could have continued on with us to finish the basement after the underpinning!

Approximate cost of services:
$45,000.00
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Melanie from Toronto
Melanie from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning, Waterproofing basement and Exterior Staircase

The True North Underpinning team was efficient, curtious and easy to work/communicate with. Daniel was our point person for all things related to the job. Aside from his wealth of knowledge, his honesty and professionalism was the winning combination for me. He ensured that our neighbours were not impacted negatively with the work we were having done in our home (as we have a semi detached) and went out of his way to check with them during the 7 week period. Daniel accommodated our busy schedules to complete progress checkpoints with us. He kept us informed on all the next steps of his crew so there were never any surprises. QUOTE: There were no additional costs that crept up and they were spot on with time management. They completed the job on time and with in budget. There were no surprises or additional costs. They worked closely with the engineer to minimize the imnpact to our neighbour regarding our external staircase. The quality of the work to our basement and stairs are being admired by family, friends and neighbours. I would strongly recommend True North Underpinning to anyone who is ready to dig out their basement. Best company I have dealt with in a very long time.

Approximate cost of services:
$65,000.00
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Simon from Toronto
Simon from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning

On the very first visit, I was amazed by Otto's estimate -
he gave the exact distance estimate between my house and my south neighbour,
without any measurment.

So accurate was the quote of the underpinning project, the timeline and the actual cost!

Dan has done a great job to manage this project.

Of course, without Josh and the crew's hardwork, my dream would not have come true.
Now my living space has been doubled with a full basement!

My neighbour told me she was also very impressed with the crew's politeness and respect to
maintain the site cleanness!

If my next house needed underpinning work, I would definitely hire True North Underpinning again!

Approximate cost of services:
$40,000.00
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Company Response

Hey Simon,
Enjoy your new basement ! Good luck with the rest of your reno and we'll see you for the next one. Thanks for your business.
Daniel

Gail in Toronto
Gail in Toronto
17 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

excavation, underpinnings, slab

When I was planning a major renovation, the one place I knew not to skimp was on the foundation - that's the place where you can't afford any mistakes. I'm so glad that my contractor knew to call True North Underpinning to do the job. After meeting with Daniel, it was clear that the job was going to be done right leaving me free of any concerns (like the hideous horrors we've all seen on HGTV's Holmes on Homes.) The other reviews have already mentioned how extremely polite, conscientious, and considerate the entire team is, but what also impressed me was their ability to put up with multiple changes in the plan. I changed my mind about how far down to dig (also requiring a change in the waterproofing plan), and at nearly the last minute added a complete dig-out of my crawl space. It appears that these guys can gracefully adjust to any request. Each man on the team left me with the impression that, rather than just doing the job, they would bend over backwards to get the homeowner exactly what she wants. Special thanks to Josh. I recommend True North with great enthusiasm.

Approximate cost of services:
$61,000.00
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Company Response

Hi Gail,
Thanks for the nice review. It was a pleasure working with you and we're looking forward to seeing the finished product. Make sure you e mail us the pics. Cheers.
The True North crew.

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More about True North Underpinning

True North Underpinning is a company fully dedicated to lowering basements of Toronto homes. We have vast experience with all the varieties of houses in Toronto including heritage homes that are over 140 years old, townhouses, detached and semi-detached homes.

We can provide a higher quality service with our True North Underpinning crews who are trained underpinning specialists. You will be assigned a crew that is both professional and courteous. They will see your project through from beginning to end.

When it comes to underpinning your home don't leave it to amateurs or less experienced companies. A major renovation such as this should be done by professionals.
True North Underpinning is proud of our reputation of completing jobs on time and on budget, with the highest quality of workmanship and cleanliness.

Call us for a free site inspection followed by a detailed and itemized estimate. . We are fully licensed and insured including mandatory underpinning insurance.

Underpinning, Basement Lowering, Bench Footings, Internal Waterproofing, Structural Steel Beams and Posts, Basement Walk-outs, Crawl Spaces, Basement Plumbing, Weeping Tiles, and Sump pits

CATEGORIES
Basement Renovation and Foundations
SERVICES
Underpinning, Basement Lowering, Bench Footings, Internal Waterproofing, Structural Steel Beams and Posts, Basement Walk-outs, Crawl Spaces, Basement Plumbing, Weeping Tiles, Sump pits and in-floor heating.
WEBSITE
http://www.truenorthunderpinning.ca
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
16
PAYMENT METHOD
Cheques
LICENSES
Yes
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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