Basement Walkouts

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We provide both the engineering and architectural know-how to safely create a basement walkout.

We are structural engineers that provide drawings, underpinning design, and approval stamp required to safely create a basement walkout.

Permit Packages starting at $1700.

Keep your foundations safe.

Whether you’re looking to add value to your home or create easy outdoor access, Kingswood Engineers Ltd. provides safe engineering solutions for basement walkout projects.

It’s important to have a professional assess the type of underpinning and insulation is required before proceeding.

A structural engineering firm such as Kingswood Engineers will provide engineering drawings and will assist in obtaining permit approval for your basement walkout project.

Our Process

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Site visit by a professional engineer

Our engineer assesses the property to understand the structural requirements of the basement walkout.


Preliminary engineering design

We create a structural model and discuss the preliminary results. Once you confirm the plan, we finalize the design.


Architectural drawings and permit submission

Our team will produce precise architectural drawings and manage the permit submission process.

Frequently asked questions

The cost of engineering design for a basement walkout depends on several key factors such as the existing condition of the basement walls and the required depth of the walkout. The fees start from:

  • Site Visits from $300+hst
  • Engineering Design for new basement entrance from $700+hst
  • Architectural Drawings for building permit from $900+hst

Due to the need to alter existing foundations, a building permit is required. We can provide a complete package to clients required for the permit application, or only work on the engineering design component, depending on your needs.

There are three main steps to the process:

  • Engineering Design – The typical turnaround time for engineering design once the measure-up has been completed is 5-10 business days.
  • Permit Approval – If you are applying for a building permit, the response time from the building department is mandated to be 10 business days. Given the extremely high level of renovation work in Ontario, this ranges widely from 3 weeks to 8 weeks.
  • Construction – Depending on the experience of the contractors, a basement walkout can be done in 1-2 weeks.

With years of experience in the field, our structural engineers combine technical expertise with a keen eye for design. We prioritize safety, efficiency, and client satisfaction in every basement walkout project, making us the go-to choice for homeowners seeking quality and reliability.  Do not risk foundation damage and frost heave.  Get your basement walkout designed properly.

1. Improper Drainage Solutions: When it comes to basement walkout design, drainage remains a critical component. Inadequate drainage systems can lead to detrimental issues like basement flooding and structural damage. Properly managing water flow not only prevents mold growth and structural problems but also ensures a long-lasting and effective basement walkout. By integrating efficient drainage, homeowners safeguard their investment and enhance the durability of the walkout.

2. Insulation and Frost Heave Prevention: Incorporating adequate insulation is a fundamental aspect of basement walkout design. Without it, homeowners face the challenges of increased heating costs and the risk of frost heave — a phenomenon where ground movement from freezing and thawing can damage the structure. By ensuring top-tier insulation practices in basement walkouts, homeowners not only ensure thermal efficiency but also protect the structural integrity of their space.

3. Navigating Zoning By-law Complications: Zoning by-laws can make or break a basement walkout project. Understanding and adhering to local regulations is vital for smooth project execution and legal compliance. By ensuring that a basement walkout aligns with municipal zoning requirements, homeowners can avoid legal complications, potential fines, and enhance the resale value of their property. Staying updated with local zoning guidelines is a proactive step in realizing a hassle-free basement walkout transformation.

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