Basement Conversions

MT900135

Converting a basement is a great way to gain extra space

Using the space beneath your home is a great way to gain extra room as you’re effectively adding an entire floor to the footprint of the house. Converting an existing cellar is the easiest option, but it is also possible to dig out a new basement. Converting – which involves waterproofing, adding windows and possibly improving access – comes in at around £15,000.

Digging out is a different ball game, with prices starting at £80,000. Christopher Bramwell, director at Savills in Chiswick, says a basement conversion can make financial sense. ‘Moving is pricey, it can be as high as £50,000 on expensive properties. That kind of money pays for half the conversion, and it will also add value to the resale,’ he says. Basements are naturally soundproof so they’re ideal for family rooms, kitchen-diners or a home cinema.

 

Words: Justine Roffey and Trish Lorenz  Image: Chris Tubbs

 


Useful Tools

firsttime tradefinder mortgagecalc

Latest Press Releases

Latest Products, Services and Tradesmen from our Trade Finder

Build Archive

a-pre-manufactured-cotswold-build-from-hanse-haus

A Pre-manufactured Cotswold Build...

Located in the village of Little Oddington, Oxfordshire, this contemporary house...
an-architecturally-inspiring-build

An architecturally inspiring...

Lewisham isn’t often associated with architecturally inspiring properties –...
phantom-screens-our-best-features

Phantom Screens: Our Best...

Here at Phantom Screens we’re very proud of the premium quality of our door and...
a-maida-vale-apartment-renovation

A Maida Vale apartment...

A Maida Value apartment renovation Warren and Claire Johnson transformed a badly...
self-build-zone-insurance-guide

Self Build Zone: Insurance

Is your home covered? The right type of insurance is critical for your peace of...
a-modern-french-home

A modern French home

Vicky Thornton's decidedly modern home was designed to blend perfectly with its...
a-riverside-renovation

A riverside renovation

When Anna and Clive Wolman started looking for a new house, they weren’t hunting...
challenging-new-build

Challenging new-build

Don't be fooled by this fortress-like exterior: the walls conceal a light and...
essential-build-planning

Essential Build Planning

Ted Stevens discusses if you fail to prepare... then you should prepare to...
all-you-need-to-know-about-skylights

Skylights - All you need to...

As the first skylight manufacturer to have its skylights BSI accredited, Sunsquare,...

Expert videos

expert video2 2