What is a basement conversion?
There are two types of basement development: the conversion of an existing space and the construction of a totally new one. Basement construction is the kind of costly and potentially risky process that has made the issue of so-called super basements such a hot topic.
A basement conversion, on the other hand, takes the existing space and changes it into a guest suite, kitchen-diner, home office, or even a home cinema. Unless you need to increase the ceiling height, there is no need for any construction and the conversion itself should fall within permitted development rules.
The cons of conversion
There is always some level of noise and disruption with any basement conversion, so it pays to get your neighbours onside. Discuss your plans fully with them before any work starts and sign a party wall agreement if necessary.
There could be a good reason you have not converted your basement before: it is dark and damp. Introducing usable levels of natural light can be expensive and it is essential that your basement is fully waterproofed. Working with the right contractor does not come cheap; however, they will help you to maximise the return on your investment. A poorly converted basement can prove unusable and have an adverse impact on the desirability of your property.
More space, same footprint
The major advantage of a basement conversion is the increase in usable space by better utilisation of your property’s footprint. A well-designed basement can add anywhere up to 10 per cent to the value of your property. This type of living space is particularly popular because of its versatility.
If you do not want to move out of the area or you cannot afford the costs of moving, a basement conversion gives a growing family space to breathe. A basement conversion has the advantage over a loft conversion of adding living space at ground-floor level.
The right advice
What underpins every successful basement conversion or construction is using the right basement contractors in London to give you accurate and impartial advice about your project.
They will know about local planning rules and whether planning permission is necessary; for example, if your conversion requires additional construction, they will ensure your project meets building regulations and secures planning permission. This is why it is always worth working with a construction company that specialises in basements.
While a basement conversion can be more cost-effective than a construction, you will want to make sure that every penny counts. A specialist basement company will be able to meet your brief and provide detailed costings in its estimate to avoid problems further down the line.
If you want to increase the size of your basement and are willing to meet the challenges of a full-scale construction, the right basement contractors in London are essential when it comes to making your investment count.