Many of us have houses that come with basements of many sizes and most of the time simply serve the purpose of being a storage room for stuff from years ago, clutter, or pretty much anything else. Stuff that we simply want out of the way. The shame about basements is that so many are being used like this and not as there potential which in fact a living space. Many of us worry about the efforts, cost and time to convert a basement into a suitable living space. However, you would be surprised that reaching that goal is a lot easier to achieve and that you can have space there for friends, family or even an office space.
The best thing is that there is no reason for you to move if you have space problems. That issue can be tackled by converting your basement into a stunning space that is sleek and modern and something that you can cherish. First of all, it is far cheaper than the tiring efforts of moving house and the time it will take and secondly it will add extra money to the total value of your house. So not only do you get to skip the stresses of moving but gain value onto your property, something that is beneficial in the long run. Older houses may need a bit of careful prep and planning to see over a conversation and newer builds that do not have a basement will require time and more costs to create a basement but overall you will get the great results you desire!
So maybe you dream of converting your basement into something fabulous that will make life more enjoyable such as a home gym, snooker room or games room. Or do you simply just want to have the extra room for the family to stay over, extra bathrooms for ease or even a kitchen for visitors. Well, this can be achieved very easily and without the gloominess or lack air to breathe. We can tackle those issues and make these living spaces light, airy and a pleasant to live in with a number of options including great lighting and air vents.
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Basement conversion is a process of making basement space habitable. Many houses have them but some of them are neglected and we want to change it. Basements are mostly associated with dark and humid places that are treated like storage rooms. We can easily convert them into a gym, kitchenette or even a living room. “XMX Design & Build” can help you with basic conversion and more complex one which involves excavation and expansion.
We have to start with the fact that the time needed to complete a basement conversion depends on what you want to achieve. Firstly we need to determine whether it is a simple single room with little pipework and other connexions. In this case conversion may take up to 12 weeks. Converting and extending the basement, including floor lowering, building a gym, game room or a swimming pool can take up to several months or even a year.
Basement conversion is a complicated and elaborate process that should be completed by professionals with certain knowledge and skills. When it comes to steel work, drainage systems or other specific areas you should let our team to take care of this. There are, however, some aspects which you can complete yourself, but it depends on the level of your skills and the nature of conversion itself. To keep costs a little bit down you can speak with our supervisor and he can advise about each element which you can do yourself.
Building Regulations is a document that is required when converting a basement into a habitable zone. This approval is needed to prove that your newly built space is safe and energy efficient. You need this document even if the change involves an existing basement.
Building Regulations cover such areas as ventilation, electrical wiring, escape routes or ceiling height. All the details about this certification and updated guidance can be found on Basement Information Centre website. There is an exceptional situation when Building Regulations are not needed – when the conversion is a repair or a renovation of an existing basement.
Why Convert your Basement?
The main reason is space. It is extremely value nowadays. People living in urban, crowded areas are looking for the best ground management. If you are thinking about increasing your living area we can customise the design of your perfect basement just the way you like. Sometimes the decision about moving out because of lack of space is too fast. We can maximise the potential of your facility building a new basement underneath your garden. You should discover hidden possibilities of your property to make your life easier.
Remembering about building regulations we would like to show you a few main possibilities to gain a new area. First is including a basement as a part of a new development. Second is renovating an existing space to convert it to a basement. Third is doing excavating works under an existing house or garden. Whatever path you choose we would like to help you and take the fuss out of the whole process, making it as stress-free experience as possible.
At the end of the work you gain a beautiful new space, well-designed project and completely new living space. We create something big for our clients making strong, trusted relationship with them. We have many great projects done so far and we cannot wait to do one for you!