Modern Laundry Room
Consider bench pinning as a cheaper alternative to digging out a basement.
The laundry room of this renovated basement was designed to be clean and bright with lots of storage. Simple cabinets and drawers keep everything from linens to sports equipment organized and out of sight. The window, at eye level before the floor was lowered, still lets in light but maintains privacy.
Mike Holmes explains that bench pinning is a great alternative to underpinning if you want to create ceiling height in a basement: "Bench pinning costs about half as much as underpinning. The footings remain untouched but a new form is poured alongside the existing basement walls to reinforce them after the floor is dug away. This means that the inside of the new basement walls is not smooth from floor to ceiling, but that there will be a ledge equal in width to the depth you dig down around the perimeter of the basement."