Dig into Your Next Project with Osborne Construction – The Best Excavation Service in Kitchener-Waterloo

Do you need an excavation service or are planning a construction project that requires stump removal, retaining walls, or other heavy-duty services before you can finally begin that project you have been so desperately wanting to start?

If so, look no further than Osborne Construction!

Through years of experience and a team of licensed and insured professionals, we promise that no stone will be left unturned.

Whether you are planning on building a new house, installing a new garage, or simply installing a fence, Osborne Construction is happy to tackle whatever residential and/or commercial project you may have in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. 

We take pride in our decades of combined experience and top-notch service to all our clients. We look forward to completing any excavation job you have!

What Exactly is Excavation and Why Do You Need It?

Simply put, it is the process of digging a hole in the ground through the careful and systematic removal of dirt and rock in order to create the base for a strong foundation – prior to starting any project.

Foundations are an integral part of any building or structure, and it is important to create one that will withstand both time and circumstances. Prior to beginning any construction project, the land must first be prepared and cleared to ensure a solid base can be built.

Properly excavating the space can ensure that a structure can withstand all the environmental elements such as extreme heat, extreme cold, rain, and wind. It also ensures that the ground is both durable and stable enough to support the required structure and is levelled (a process called grading) prior to building.

Excavation is required before starting to construct a building, digging basements, putting up a fence, installing septic and water systems, among many other residential and commercial projects.

Basement excavation

Why Hire a Professional Excavation Service?

The main step required before beginning all outdoor construction projects, be it residential or commercial, is proper excavation. Whether you are planning on putting up a new fence, creating a new walkway, constructing a garage, putting in a pool, or even building a new house, the first thing you will need to do is excavate the land.

Excavating requires a team that is adept and properly equipped to complete the job to ensure the remainder of the project goes forth without a hitch – after all, a strong foundation is the start to any great structure. With Osborne Construction, you can rest assured that due diligence is taken from the time of the initial FREE consultation, all the way to the final grading of the land.

It is important to remember that every building site has unique characteristics, such as environmental factors, soil stability, etc. and all these must be considered prior to beginning the project – this is where we can help. We are knowledgeable about soil stability, backfill quality requirements, and water tables, and we use this knowledge when planning out the site so that the foundation for the structure will last. Our team of experienced professionals are able to properly identify any potential issues such as water tables or soil stability; we also take the appropriate steps to prepare the space for a foundation.

By hiring out to a professional service, like us, you can be guaranteed that any and all issues with the land will be addressed and taken into consideration prior to the start of the project.

The Excavation Process

The excavation process is quite intricate and requires plenty of time and precision – this is why it is important to hire out for this service. Osborne Construction is educated, well-versed in excavation services and we offer award-winning service.

We use only the highest-grade supplies and Bobcat brand machinery so that you don’t need to stress about renting any equipment!

Following a detailed and systematic process when digging land is key. We ensure the following steps happen during the process:


Prepare the site


Stake out the site




Conduct compaction testing

Prepare the Site

Before we start digging, we ensure that we know what is underneath the surface we are digging out. This is to make certain we steer clear of any power lines or pipes and is done through consultation with the municipality and local utility companies.

Once the site is prepped and we are given the greenlight, we begin by clearing the area that will be excavated by removing trees, bushes, rocks, etc., as well as any roots to avoid potential shifting later on.

Staking out the Site

After the area has been prepared, we mark the outline of the area where both the dig and construction will happen. Our team ensures, through multi-verification, that the measurements are accurate and reflect the desired layout from the client.

Rest assured that we will take extra care during this step of the process as this is where any final adjustments or changes to the size of the project takes place.

Excavation service

Once the land has been prepared and the site has been marked, it is time to start digging. We use our own equipment to dig out the marked area using shovels, excavators, and any other type of equipment that is required for the scope of the job. Don’t worry about disposal of the dugout earth as our team also takes care of disposing of the removed dirt, rocks, shrubs, etc.

During this part of the job, we test the soil for stability and drainage to ensure no issues will be experienced in the future once the environmental elements come to play.

Compaction Testing

The final and most important step in the process is compaction testing. Compaction testing is used to determine the optimal moisture content for the soil to achieve maximum dry density. Simply put, this is where we determine the firmness and support the soil has so that the structure being built on top will be stable, level, and withstand any environmental wear-and-tear.

Following the compaction test, we fill the space with fill dirt – this dirt will not swell or shrink – which will provide a solid and secure foundation to build on. The last step of this phase is levelling the ground. As soon as each of these steps has been completed, the building phase of the project can begin!

Why Osborne Construction is Your One-Stop-Shop for All Your Excavation Needs

Everyone at Osborne Construction is proud to be Kitchener-Waterloo’s leader in foundation excavation, concrete preparation, and retaining wall installation. We combine decades of experience with our fully insured and licensed professionals to guarantee satisfaction to all of our customers.

Our team is fueled by passion and is full of individuals who are continually learning and pursuing further education in order to provide you with the best service possible and exceed your expectations. We pride ourselves in our reliability, time-management, and high-quality services using only the best Bobcat brand equipment.

As Gold Medal Winners at the Ontario Technology Skills Competition we offer both insurance claims assistance and an outstanding warranty on all our services.

15:50 21 Jan 22
Mark is very professional and knowledgeable. He explained to my husband Brian what was happening in our side yard and... why our basement flooded. He was very patient - as we had many questions and were out of province. Very trustworthy and easy to work with. If you need excavation work done - 100% recommend Mark and his crew.read more
Zac Young
Zac Young
17:30 16 Dec 21
Osborne Construction completed an external basement repair, involving concrete pad removal, trenching, foundation... repair, waterproofing and parging. Mark was responsive through the full process to a changing scope as the work proceeded and we felt the quality of work was strong throughout. We expect to have Mark's crew completing more work for us soon and expect others will find their work quality and good value as well.read more
Barb Van Giessen
Barb Van Giessen
00:00 13 Dec 21
Mark and his team came to our place to rebuild a retaining wall, install a fence and lay a concrete pad. They were... very responsive and friendly. I enjoyed hearing them chatting and laughing together.Mark did a good job of letting us know what was going on. The only reason I did not give them 5 stars a few things took longer than we planned. Some of that was because of supply issues.The work was done very well and you can tell the guys are experts at their field.read more
David Ritcey
David Ritcey
12:33 04 Dec 21
Mark and his team helped to transform our backyard. They helped us to design a layout that was ideal for our family and... stay on budget. They were friendly, kept us up to date with our project and very easy to contact. We will definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone looking for an outdoor upgrade.read more
Koral Kliewer
Koral Kliewer
23:28 24 Oct 21
Overall good experience. Mark provided detailed pricing and we had no surprises in the end. We had a couple minor... scheduling delays but we’re related other issues out of Mark’s control. He was always available via text or call and responded in a timely manner. Would recommend their services to anyone looking.read more
Frantic Dancer
Frantic Dancer
19:21 21 Jun 21
June 2021 - Just had Mark do a 2 day job for me fixing a leak on the corner of my house. Excellent job. You will find... Mark knowledgeable, eager to please, thoughtful and precise which is rare in his line of employment. I highly recommend you contact him for your needs.read more
dave wilson
dave wilson
21:31 16 Dec 20
had them waterproof my foundation to eliminate a wet basement issue. squeezed their equipment into my backyard and dug... up the entirety of my back foundation. waterproofed, new weepers. did an excellent job. very professional and thorough. if i had known how easy and reasonable it was going to be i would have done it years ago. very happy with the work. would certainly recommend them.read more
s simpson
s simpson
23:17 19 Oct 20
After having three previous contractors guess what is causing a leak through my garage wall, Mark determined in 10 min.... where and how the leak was occurring. By simply placing a small twig in a hole at the base of the front wall, he was able to demonstrate very quickly the primary entry point of rainwater. Because of his expertise, the work was completed at 1/4 the cost of other estimates and on time. Steve (Waterloo)read more
Lisa Fletcher
Lisa Fletcher
00:43 09 Oct 20
Great job redoing sidewalks and courtyard, exceeded my expectations. Easy to work with, great communication, on time... and on budget.read more
Don Campbell
Don Campbell
10:52 30 Sep 20
Marc and I installed a large geothermal system in the fall of 2019. The hard, hard clay made it take longer than either... of us expected, which led to some scheduling conflicts. Marc handled this well and got everything finished with only a small delay. He was well prepared, worked long hours and at times went above and beyond to ensure a professional result. I would happily recommend Marc to anyone looking for light-duty excavation services.read more
Sandra Schizkoske
Sandra Schizkoske
11:31 23 Sep 20
We hired Mark to remove our inground pool and he did an excellent job. He finished on time and on budget. He rebuilt... our walk way and it came out better than we expected. We were very happy with him and his worker.read more
Denton Daley
Denton Daley
23:32 14 Sep 20
This was the best service hands down. They protected our property while driving over our lawn to get to the backyard. ... They took the utmost care and ensured we didn't have any worries with their work. I highly recommend Osborn Construction for any residential excavation!read more
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Client Testimonials

"Mark and his team did a great job on our new landscaping project. They dug out and prepared new flower beds for planting, prepared sidewalks for flagstones, and helped with drainage issues on the driveway. Their expertise and attention to detail are just what we needed so we could do the next steps of the project ourselves. I would highly recommend this business for any exterior work!"

Dan & Kathryn C.

Mark and his crew completed the work on my property on time and on budget. Their expertise really showed when planning my project, scheduling everything, and working carefully in a tight space. I'm really happy with the results, and would gladly work with Mark again in the future!

Allen H.

Osborne construction did an excavation, fill, and concrete job on over 5500sqft of driveway and patio space around my home. He finished on schedule, and left the job site clean and ready for the next phase. They're easy to communicate with, and are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend them. !

Alex D.


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