If you can not extend outwards or upwards, there is another way, downwards. Use the ground beneath your house to gain that valuable extra space. Refresh UK can assist you in getting planning permission, meeting building regulations and understanding the type of soil you're excavating.
Do you need extra space, but aren’t in a position (or don’t want) to move house? If you can’t extend outwards or upwards, there is another way. You could consider a basement building extension or basement conversion, using the ground beneath your house to gain that valuable extra space.
Simon Kelliher from Refresh Renovations says, “With house prices as they are, extending or converting a basement is now becoming a viable option for those needing a bigger home. The space created can be fantastic and modern glazing options can really bring in loads of natural light.”
Basement building extensions are becoming increasingly popular in the U.K. for several reasons. The prohibitive cost of climbing the housing ladder, along with stamp duty rates, estate agency fees, and conveyancing costs mean that extending an existing property is an appealing option for those looking for extra space. It’s often possible to add the cost of an extension on to your mortgage, especially if you have a good amount of equity in your property.
A basement building extension also adds value to your house, making it a great opportunity for homeowners and investors alike.
It’s not uncommon for older houses to have basements that are relatively unused and ripe for renovation. As Simon says, renovating a basement like this, “can be relatively cheap when compared with an extension, and does not need to impact the size of your garden and outdoor space.”
Well, the limit is really your imagination (and budget!). From a practical point of view, basement building extensions and basement conversions are great for playrooms, living and dining areas, and kitchens. If you work from home, a basement office provides much-needed quiet. For a growing young family, basement bedrooms will give you the space you need. With grown-up children increasingly living at home for longer, or older relatives to take care of, a basement building extension could also be used as a granny flat or bedrooms, a living room and bathroom for teenagers.
If you’re looking for extra space to accommodate a luxurious lifestyle rather than your in-laws, basement building extensions can be put to epic use. Think home gyms, swimming pools, saunas and hot tubs. You can entertain friends in your personal cinema room, games room or bowling alley, before sampling the best vintages from your wine cellar.
If you have a number of cars, expensive models which need to be secure, or simply have difficulty finding a parking space, this can be solved with a basement garage. Options here include a car lift, which will take your car down to basement level; and pivoting car platforms, which turn your car on a turntable.
As with any building work, building a basement extension or converting an existing basement has its pros and cons.
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If you would like to find out how Refresh Renovations can support you with a high quality, efficient home renovation, get in touch today. Your local Refresh Renovations consultant will be happy to meet with you for a free, no obligations consultation.