When we think of adding some space to our home, we usually think about performing a house extension or loft conversion. However, it is not always the best option. An extension requires much space. Lofts are best if you think of adding a bedroom or bathroom. But what about basement conversion?
Basement conversion – what’s there to know?
The 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, a room for home entertainment, an additional bathroom or even a music room. Why not arrange a space with its own, exclusive entrance? It’s also a perfect option if you think of creating, for example, a home office or a gym!
Basement Excavation and Planning Permission
It’s especially convenient when your house has already an underground space which you could convert into a habitable area. Normally, in this case, 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.
If you don't yet have 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, which normally is quite a 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 the 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, ensuring 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 neighbouring 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 on by the owners of both properties. You will have to agree with your neighbour over shared walls before all the works. It is important to make a notice at least two weeks before work begins.
Basement waterproofing and ventilation
With basement conversion, it is very important 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 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
A 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!
Unsure how to do it? Trust professional builders!
To this kind of project, you will want to employ the best builders in Glasgow who will ensure that nothing gets botched. 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. We also work closely with electricians and gas engineers.
If you think about basement conversion, but don't know where to start, feel free to Contact Us. We will help you achieve your goals from the first call.