We have times when we think about the possibilities of extending and transforming our inadequate home into a spacious habitat, beautiful sanctuary or a luxurious apartment.
That feeling of being confined in your box-like living room…
…crammed with stuff…
…staring at the obstructed TV screen surrounded by more stuff…
…kids running around…
…or your dear partner having a loud rant of a conversation over the telephone right by your corner! – (whatever your household consists of) is surely not a feeling we would want to be enduring for the rest of our lives.
We want to create the right platform to express and enhance our dreams, enhance our private family relations whilst also connecting with our friends and colleagues.
Your lifestyle and aspirations should be reflected through your home, after all, this is the place you go to after a tiring day at work to relax and you have any right to indulge in the comfort of your home whilst also hosting your guests.
We should think about the various modes of extending our property and we MUST consider lots of aspects whilst doing this of course.
Such as the ease of design, obligatory consents, budgets and the list goes on. Considering all these factors, it is easy to identify that the most convenient, straightforward, flexible way of extending your home is through a luxury basement extension.
The daunting, frightening stance of the planning officers and building control inspectors gives the chill when we think about how to make the dream tangible. The experience of getting consent is generally stressful as you go through a period of amendments, consultations and endless negotiations.
Luckily, with hardly any external impact, going through these processes will be a breeze, particularly with planning. This is because with underground basements, the only external alteration you will be creating is the stairwell or light-wells. That’s it. Nothing that can be seen by neighbours or be considered as obtrusive to your neighbours’ amenity – in planning terms.
So, it’s conclusive that extending a basement can provide valuable extra living space with only sympathetic external alterations.
Unlike above ground, where you are limited to pushing up your ceiling heights meaning high chances of conflict with neighbours and the planners, with the humble basement, all you need to do is dig for achieving the height of your desire.
But we mustn’t forget that the ceiling is fairly important in this case as it will need to accommodate services for lighting, ventilation and plumbing so your sub-contractors should be able to prepare a solid solution to make sure you don’t get leakages and unnecessary problems in the future.
The higher ceilings mean extra air flow and light flow so your open-plan kitchen/living area can benefit from luxurious features. A glass-steel structure as a staircase can also provide modern, cutting-edge access to your basement without obstructing that flow of light coming from the rear patio or garden.
If you are lucky enough to be situated along a road suitable for frontal light wells, then you can enjoy extra light coming from both ends of your property. Remember, the depths of your extension can reach up to all of your plot boundaries so the amount of light and space you can achieve is endless.
And you want to feel the glories of enjoying the company of guests and boasting the spacious reception room and kitchen you have. The design composition is absolutely crucial for finalising that perfect space. The use of colours and materials with light can do wonders to your new rooms.
Opening up the rear end of your basement to have a sunken-garden or patio alone allows substantial daylight flooding through your bedroom or living room. Neutral colour palette, reflecting surfaces, textures and artificial light should all complement the contemporary structural features your basement extension provides.
Most people require that extra space in their home due to changes in circumstances. They have the need to converting your small basement into that extra bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen or bathroom or even a swimming pool (depending on your needs).
Basement conversions and extensions is the most flexible way to extending your home so all you need to do is dig deep into your imagination as there are absolutely no limits!
If you want to learn the other steps you need to take for your basement conversion project, click here and send me an e-mail now. I’d be happy to explain.