Individual borough policy
Each London borough has different requirements for the constraints of a basement extension. It is generally accepted that a single storey basement is the extent to which permission will be granted, but other stipulations apply, such as the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s policy which states the conversion must not exceed 50% of the garden or outdoor area.
As each borough has its own policy on what will and will not be permitted, it is worth making enquiries as to the restrictions and boundaries of your own borough, including gathering information about listed properties and public footpaths that might be impacted upon by your conversion.
Speculate to accumulate
If you find yourself feeling in need of extra space in your home but feel restricted by the limited options to extend a property, then a basement conversion London based company might offer a profitable option, allowing you to extend your property without requiring a larger footprint for the building.
However, prior to commencement it pays to speak with local estate agents to get a fairly solid idea of what the return on investment might be once the extension is completed. A good estate agent should be able to offer an estimate once you have an idea of the nature of your conversion and the size you plan to extend to.
Use the space effectively
Once you’re aware of the restrictions of space and the financial breadth you have, it makes sense to consider how to utilise the space you have available to you. How will your extension best work for your home? With a typical value of £500 – £1000 per square foot in a London property, it helps to make the space versatile.
Options might include office space, a gym, a swimming pool and underground parking. The possibilities are many and although it might be tempting to plan a conversion to suit your home lifestyle, where possible, making the conversion fluid and adaptable means the value added becomes greater should you plan to move in the future.
Aesthetically pleasing design
Consider light placement (lightwells also come within council policy), the flow of the main home through to the basement and the placement of services such as running water, gas, lighting and ventilation.
Also worth careful consideration are the entry point to the basement and the layout of the space once you have made a decision about its purpose.
Plan, plan, plan
These are just a few of the points to consider when you begin to plan your basement conversion London offers the perfect environment for a basement conversion but it is essential you work with a firm you trust to help you make the most of the space you intend to create. Other aspects of the planning to consider are technical logistics, your neighbouring properties, your contractor and, of course, planning permission.