Going Underground – Basements

When extra space is needed in your home, adding a basement is worth consideration.

The development of a basement can create a fantastic amount of extra living space, add substantial market value to your home and revitalise a tired property.  This type of extension can also reduce the visual impact of overextension on a property that can look ugly and reduce ‘kerb appeal’.

In the last 15 years, basements have become a popular home development option amongst urban areas that face the difficulty of above ground extensions, due to size constraints or indeed green belt regulations.

Remodelling an existing cellar or excavating underneath your property is an excellent way of obtaining more room, and can be a wonderful addition to larger suburban properties for the habitation of luxury home features. 

An impressive underground space gives the homeowner several exciting opportunities for use.  A home office, cinema room, wine cellar, library, home gym, entertainment area, utility room, and in some cases if the level of natural light allows an extra bedroom or living suite.

If you are considering converting an existing residential cellar or basement into a better living space, you will benefit from using a qualified Architect. An Architect will provide clear and concise technical design, that includes options for guaranteed structural waterproofing and ventilation.  

Excavating a new basement does involve major construction work and almost certainly will require planning permission from your local council. In some cases, we have been able to carry out basement excavation under permitted development rights, but again a qualified Architect like us can advise you how best to navigate the building and design regulations with your local authority to suit your project accordingly.  

Maybe you are contemplating a basement for your home development plans. If so, it is important to appoint a qualified Architectural team with experience in this field. MP Architects LLP can guide you through the design and planning permission process swiftly.   

We are also available to manage the concept, construction, and completion of your project.  

Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/