BASEMENT CONVERSIONS
LONDON BASEMENT CONVERSIONS

Done right, a basement conversion transforms a dark and dingy cellar or storage room into warm, light, beautiful and airy spaces.

Basements often make perfect rooms for a noisy hobby such as playing the drums or a place for rowdy teenagers to spend time as basements have a natural sound insulation.

From home cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, spare bedrooms to wine cellars or even a home office, Urbane Design are experienced architects in basement builds and design.

PLANNING YOUR BASEMENT CONVERSION

If you are embarking on a London basement conversion it is essential to seek professional advice as there are many important aspects to consider learn more below . .

ASSESS TO VIABILITY

Urbane Design London Basements start by assessing your property’s potential for conversion. An ideal property for conversion is a house with a small existing cellar or basement. If headroom is restricted, the floor would need to be lowered. Should you not have a cellar then a basement can be created but this involves digging by hand which of course makes it more expensive.

STRUCTURAL  CONSIDERATIONS

If you are constructing a new basement, you’ll need to underpin foundations on either side which means digging deep under your foundations to support them with concrete and reinforcements.

MAKING YOUR BASEMENT HABITABLE

Because basements are naturally damp areas specialist treatments will need to be carried out to ensure your basement is dry and habitable. The basement will require a waterproofing lining membrane to keep dampness and water out as well as  tanking with a cement lining.

LIGHT IT UP

Getting the light right is essential if you don’t want to end up with a dungeon. Digging out light wells can be a great way to introduce light and make your space more inviting.

STATUTORY CONSENTS

You would require planning permission to develop your basement if you are adding a light well or creating a new habitable space. If the property shares walls with a neighbour you will need consent from your neighbours before starting work via a party wall agreement. All work will also have to comply with the building regulations.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a
London Basement Conversion call us on 020 8996 0601

Urbane Design London Basements
LONDON BASEMENT SPECIALISTS

Specialists in London basement conversions, London basement design and basement excavation.

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