When we think of adding a space to our home, we usually think about the house extension or loft conversion. However it is not always the best option. For the extension you would need a space where you could extend your house. Lofts are best if you think of adding a bedroom or bathroom. Basement is usually located close to the main living areas and the entrance. Such conversion can give you more flexibility in choosing what you could create. It is a brilliant way to create playrooms, room for home entertainment, additional bathroom or even a music room. Why not arrange a space with its own, exclusive entrance? That is the perfect option if you think of creating for example a home office or a gym.
Very convenient it is if your house has already an underground space which you could convert into habitable place. Normally in this case the Planning Permission is not required. Although you may have to apply for the building warrant if your basement will need lowering the floor, or you would like to extend your basement beyond the borders of the house.
Do you need planning permission for basement excavation?
If you don't have yet any space underneath your house, the only option would be excavating the basement. This will require more structural work, to make sure that the house construction will be stable, normally relatively costly exercise.
In both options it is important to contact the structural engineer. He will design the structural work that will hold your home. Also, you should employ an architect. He will not only arrange the layout of the basement, but will take care of many aspects that are important in this kind of conversion. On top of design aspects of the project, he will contact your local planning authority on your behalf. That will save you lots of time and worries.
What else do you need to know?
Other than that, you should be aware of the Building Regulations governing basement conversion and the Party Wall. The basement will need to meet the standards to ensure that it will be legally habitable. This involves making sure that your space has a minimum head height, adequate levels of insulation and creating emergency escape ways. All the structural works need to be passed by a building inspector. This is to check if the works you carry won't impact the rest of your property.
The Party Wall is a wall shared by neighboring buildings. It means that if you are planning an extension, alteration, underpinning or any excavation near that wall, this project will need to be agreed by the owners of both properties. You will have to agree with your neighbor over shared walls before all the works. It is important to make a notice at least two weeks before work begins.
Basement waterproofing and ventilaiton
It is very important in basement conversion to make all floors and walls below ground level completely waterproof. You can't allow damp to enter your house structure. Otherwise, all the work will be in vain. What's more, your basement needs a proper ventilation suited to its volume to ensure an inflow of clean air and moisture transfer from the basement. To find the best solution for your underground area, you have to contact an experienced basement waterproofing contractor.
Benefits of basement conversion or excavation
Basement conversion is a premium solution people usually associate with luxury and convenience. Adding a useful living space in the basement is also economically sensible. While basement conversion can add 15 per cent to your house value, basement excavation can add even 30 per cent!
Best Builders in Glasgow
To this kind of project you will want to employ the best builders in Glasgow. You will need to have a company that can provide the full service, is experienced and trustworthy. Polbuilt has a great team that includes joiners, plasterers, tilers, painters and decorators in Glasgow. We also work closely with electricians and gas engineers.
If you think about basement conversion, but don't know where to start please feel free to contact us. We will help you achieve your goals from the first call.