For home owners who want to perform some home extensions, looking for the extra space might prove to be a challenge. Lofts and spare bedrooms can be viable choices but basement conversions usually serve as the most cost effective and convenient approach. Compared to lofts, there is more room to work with in a basement and it is more accessible from your home’s living area. The construction work done in your basement cannot be seen at a street level and usually, this will not affect your home’s external appearance in any way.
Converting your existing basement is a simple procedure that can be performed even on a modest budget. Before you proceed with the project there are several guidelines and options that you have to keep in mind.
Lighting and Heating Concerns
The light pipes are the most common method to filter the natural light through your basement. You can install these devices in an outdoor area where they can capture the natural sunlight then transfer this to the underground with the use of reflective surfaces.
The window wells are the double glazed windows which lie horizontally on the ground that allows light to pass through into the basement.
The heating system for your basement can be electrical since a gas system will not be able to discharge the emissions. Experts suggest that you create a different ring main for the heating system of your basement so that you can avoid overloading your home’s main system.
Things can become a bit complicated if you are planning to reduce the floor level of your basement in order to increase the height of the ceiling or create an entirely brand new basement from scratch.
- Getting Permissions – While converting your existing basement qualifies to be a change of use and will not really need any planning permission, building a brand new one will require the necessary planning permission and the approval of the building regulations even though the exterior of your home will not be affected by the alterations.
Reducing the basement’s floor level can also qualify as expanding the property’s size and therefore, this may be subject to approval although there is a chance that you can get away with the minor alterations.
- Navigating Obstacles – Basement expansion means that you will need to consider the type of land where your home has been built on. Digging through solid concrete, diverting the drainage system and navigating marshy or sandy conditions are all going to introduce some challenges and increase the cost.
Having said these, expanding your basement might be needed for it to suit your intended purposes and building a brand new basement will surely boost the overall value of your property in the long term. Make sure that you consider the all the available options and guidelines in basement conversions for you to ensure that you will be getting the best results. Basement conversions can be made easy and less hassle free when you follow these simple tips.