The great thing about having a home with a basement is that it provides you with a large amount of extra living space. Of course, not everyone chooses to utilize this additional space. When it comes to basements, many of us think of them as being dark, damp places. Not areas that can create fantastic extra bedrooms, bathrooms or living spaces. However, with the right updates and care, you can easily transform your basement into a fantastic extra living space.
The question is, how do you go about it? Unlike regular home updates, when it comes to your basement, there’s a lot more to think about. You see, a basement upgrade isn’t as straightforward as you would think, there’s a lot that needs to go into it. If you’ve got a spare space that you don’t use, making the most of it is important, but to do that you need to know how to go about it.
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Have your basement cleaned up
First things first, you need to clean your basement up. Often, basements are prone to damp and flooding, due to them being below ground level. Have a look around your basement and see whether you can spot any problems. If, for example, you notice any flooding, it might be worth hiring a flooded basement cleanup specialist. While you could deal with this yourself, if you want to ensure that your basement is safe, it’s best to consult an expert. Once any flooding has been cleaned up, the next step is to have your basement checked for mould and damp, treated, and then waterproofed.
Decide what type of space to create
The next step is to decide what type of space you would like to create. This is important as this will affect your application for planning permission – something we’ll get onto later. Think about what you would like to use your basement for – be it a bedroom, games room or den it doesn’t matter. It’s just important to work out what the space could work well as for you and your family.
Apply for planning permission
Once you’ve decided what you would like to use the space for, the next step is to apply for planning permission. You may or may not need planning permission; it depends on how you intend on going about the conversion. If you’re going to be making the basement ceiling higher, this counts as a structural change and needs planning permission. If, however, you are simply converting the space you already have, planning permission should not be required.
Choose whether to go DIY or hire a contractor
Last but not least, you need to decide whether to go DIY or to hire a contractor. This decision will probably depend on a couple of factors, such as, your skills and budget. If you can afford to hire a contractor, then that’s probably the best bet. However, if money is tight and you have the skills to do the work yourself, there’s no reason not to. It’s just a case of working out whether you would be able to complete the work yourself.
There you have it, all the ins and outs to converting your basement. The great thing about upgrading your basement to create a usable space is that it will not only give you extra room but will also boost your home’s value.