How to make the most of your under-house space in Worcestershire.
Increasingly people are looking for innovative ways to make the most of the space available to them in their home. For decades extensions and loft conversions have been the automatic choice for homeowners looking to extend, but for those with older houses with existing storage space below, another option is becoming more and more popular.
Why convert your cellar or basement?
Basement and cellar conversion can be a cost effective way of creating desirable living space from what may be a dark, damp, and unpleasant area. Getting a specialist firm for the job will ensure the work is carried out to the highest quality standards, maximising your investment and ensuring the space fulfils its purpose. Along with your contractor there are a number of things that need to be considered:
- Planning Regulations: for most conversions planning permission will not be required. All you will have to do is notify the authorities that the space has changed use from storage to living space. Planning permission may be required if the floor is being lowered to create added head room, but this may fall under Permitted Development rights.
- Think about the intended use of the space. Adding an external entrance and a good natural light source will give you more flexibility and improve the value of the project. Head room is a consideration, as is the stair access.
- Waterproofing: The two main systems for keeping an underground space dry are tanking and the cavity drain membrane system. Ask your contractor or County Basements for more information on the pros and cons.
- Utilities And Connectivity: your converted space can be fitted with new plumbing, electrical and lighting systems, as well as anything else you need.
Get in touch with us at County Basements for information on anything basement or cellar related.