Things You Can’t Ignore With A Basement Conversion
With property prices, especially in cities like London, still at high levels and space at a premium, more and more people are looking for ways of adding space to their existing home rather than having to go through the hassle of selling up and moving somewhere larger.
In the UK, another issue with adding new rooms to your home is that you can’t always extend sideways or up, depending on the type of home you have and what area it’s in.
Basement conversions, on the other hand, can be a great way to make use of space that is often neglected in the home without any significant changes to the appearance of the exterior of your property.
But what do you need to think about if you’re going to carry out a basement conversion? An article for Realtor recently shared some of the most common mistakes people make when doing this kind of project, and how to avoid making the same errors.
The first top tip is not to ignore a musty odour if you smell one in an unconverted basement space. Jonathan Faccone, of Halo Home Buyers in the US, said that you need to consider your options if there’s a damp smell.
He explained it could indicate that there are wider issues with this part of your home, such as a mould problem or even problems with the foundations. Getting these checked before you commit to renovating your basement is a must.
If you do go ahead with your basement remodel, you need to ensure you spend the money to properly waterproof it. Cellar tanking, as this process is known, can help prevent damp from entering the basement, while also protecting it from flooding.
Mr Faccone stated: “Investing the money on a waterproofing system from a reputable company can be the difference between enjoying a finished space for years to come or dealing with a constant headache.”
Another common mistake people make is not spending enough on the lighting for their basement. This leaves it as a dark and dingy space that doesn’t get the use it should.
Make sure you don’t leave any dark corners, and you could find that fitting lights with dimmer switches is the best way to control the light levels depending on how you’re using the room.
The news provider also cautioned against fitting carpet in a basement conversion. Although you’ll obviously hope it won’t flood, you shouldn’t forget that, if there are any such issues, this will be the room that will suffer the most.
Laying vinyl flooring that can be easily removed, or cleaned up if it’s not a severe flood, will make life easier if the worst should happen.
It’s not just homeowners who should bear these kinds of things in mind. Planning and Building Control Today recently noted that a growing number of office buildings in the UK have been choosing to extend down, or renovate basements to put them to better use, due to the rising land prices in many UK cities, as well as planning restrictions in some locations.
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