3 Benefits Of Having A Basement Conversion
If you own a property in the UK with a basement or cellar, a basement conversion is one of the best and most cost-effective ways of expanding your living space, especially if you live in an urban area.
Modern basement conversions have come a long way from the ‘games rooms’ that were historically popular. Using modern architectural design techniques and structural building methods, your basement can be converted into a flexible living space that integrates seamlessly into the rest of your home, with plenty of natural lighting for a light and airy feel.
The opportunities for modern basement conversions are almost endless. You can equip your space as an ensuite guest bedroom, a dining room for social gatherings, a den for the kids, home cinema, gym, office – and yes, even a games room! The choice is up to you.
At DS Squared Architects, we provide an end-to-end basement conversion service to transform your cellar into a versatile and high-quality living space that matches the needs of you and your family.
Here Are Our Top Three Reasons To Consider Investing In A Basement Conversion:
1) Basements are most common in urban semi-detached and terraced townhouses. It may be difficult to build a conventional house extension on some of these properties, due to planning restrictions, access difficulties, or lack of space – especially if you own a heritage property. A basement conversion sidesteps this problem by allowing you to enhance your home by opening up new living space below ground level.
2) Basements are a unique and quirky feature of a house that can raise its market value when the time comes for you to sell your home.
3) A basement conversion could provide better energy efficiency than extending the footprint of your home outwards due to having fewer external walls, allowing better management of temperature fluctuations within the property. By strengthening your wall and floor insulation as part of your basement conversion project, you can prevent your rooms from overheating (a common problem with older basements) or losing heat too quickly.
No Basement? No Problem
If you don’t own a basement, you’re in with the majority of UK homeowners. Unlike American properties, basements are uncommon in British homes. Most houses in England built since the 1960s don’t have basements – due to the high-water table in many areas, flood risk, and the popularity of concrete foundations. Equipping a house with a new basement is an expensive undertaking, and so we recommend looking at alternative ways of creating new living space in your home, including a loft conversion or house extension. But sometimes going down is the only option! Feel free to call us to discuss your options.
DS Squared Architects: Basement Conversion Specialists
Please take a look at our UK basement conversions page to find out more about what our team of experienced architects can achieve for your property. Or, to discuss your basement conversion ideas in person with one of our team, arrange a free initial consultation with us today.