A basement conversion is a fantastic way to extend your property and add value to your home, especially when you have little space left to expand horizontally.

But if you’ve never extended below ground before, you might be wondering how to convert a basement safely and cost-effectively. The easy answer is to call in the basement conversion specialists, who can show you exactly how to convert your cellar.

In this article, the team at Danford, Brewer & Ives explains how to convert a basement.

How to Find Out If You Can Convert a Basement

Many properties already have an existing cellar or basement space. This could be a small cellar space in a Victorian-era house that was intended for storing fuel or firewood, or a basement area below a new build that’s currently not being used for much.

In both cases, it’s technically quite simple for basement conversion specialists to extend down into the ground below your home and convert the basement into a larger, liveable space. To find out the extent to which the space can be extended, you’ll need to have a survey of the property carried out.

A survey will determine how much work will be required if the property can be further excavated and underpinned, or if there’s any reason why the work can’t be done (environmental concerns, the presence of underground pipes or cables, or solid rock that can’t be excavated could all pose issues to builders, for example).

How Can You Extend Your Basement?

The primary method to extend a basement is known as underpinning, which requires engineers to dig below the existing foundations and excavate more space before strengthening the new area with extra foundations and support.

In addition to underpinning, other works will need to be carried out in order to make the new and improved basement area liveable, including:

  • Waterproofing the basement
  • Installing drainage systems
  • Interior decoration and design

The extent of the work required may depend on what your goals are for the new basement, how large it needs to be, and any difficulties that may arise when excavating and underpinning the house.

What Can My Basement Conversion Be Used For?

A basement conversion has impressive potential. There are a number of different purposes a conversion can be used for, from practical spare bedrooms through to recording studios and wine cellars. A few examples for inspiration include:

  • A bedroom
  • A bathroom
  • A games room
  • An entertainment room
  • An office
  • A writing room
  • An art studio
  • A music recording studio
  • A utility room
  • A wine cellar

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