Basement Conversion

How to add value with a basement conversion

The UK housing market is all about property size, although our homes are some of the smallest in Europe. Any home improvement that allows you to lose a group of noisy teenagers or host a toddlers tea party or your book group with space to spare will make your property more attractive when it goes on the market. As property …

Suitable Basement Conversion

Is my basement suitable for basement conversion?

Loft conversions are popular when you want to create an extra bedroom or perhaps a home office, but the space you can create by converting an unused basement or cellar is much more versatile. However, before you start contacting a decent basement company in London you need to establish whether your basement is suitable for conversion. Let there be light …

Underpinning

Underpinning

If a basement conversion is anything more than cosmetic, it will involve planning regulations and have insurance implications. Navigating the relevant building regulations and insurance requirements is a job best overseen by a professional. Gaining approvals usually requires preparation of a structural design and sometimes geological tests. A basement construction in London needs to show compliance with the Construction, Design …

Radon gas in London

Radon gas seeps from the ground due to the decomposition of radioactive minerals. It is the second biggest cause of lung cancer and seeps into homes through cracks in foundations, floor joints, gaps around pipes and service channels, basement drains and a host of other ways. No level of radon is safe, but the more that accumulates the greater the …

Mega Basement

Who’s Building a Five Storey Mega-Basement in London? The Answer Will Surprise You

The Evening Standard recently reported that Kensington and Chelsea council have set up a dedicated hotline for people to complain about basement conversions – in particular noise and disruption to traffic. There were several points of interest in the report, not least the description of Chelsea as “one of London’s wealthiest enclaves” – a choice of words indicating the gap …