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April 18, 2017

As properties get smaller and the cost of ownership soars, many of people are turning to home expansion to make the most of their property. Whilst home expansion is a smart way to increase space internally; I’s not always as simple as it might seem. Here, we investigate the challenges and problems that you may encounter with one such expansion – a basement conversion.

Basement

Planning

Proper planning procedures need to be in place to ensure the smooth running of your expansion project. There is more to consider when undertaking a project of this kind than you may originally think – you must consider the cost, the level of disruption in your everyday life, the length of time needed to complete the works and the engineers and services used to fulfil your project, to name just a few.

It is important to do proper research on the services that different companies can offer – plus you should consider reviews and other people’s experiences with their building projects before choosing the right team for your conversion.

Lighting & Heating Methods

Due to its nature, basement conversions often have insufficient light and little to no insulations and heating. It is important to consider the correct infrastructure is in place for lighting and heating outlets at the very start of your project and should be something your builder or project manager discusses with you early on. This may be an expensive task, but one that is vital to create the beautiful living space you desire.

Sourcing Company

When it comes to undertaking something as major as altering the structure of your property, it is integral to source the right services for your job. You will need to ensure that you have a team of reliable and conscientious professionals who are the best when it comes to structural expansion. With years’ worth of industry experience, professionals will have come across all the potential pitfalls and will have the right solutions in place. It is probably one of the most important parts of the process to ensure that financially, you are within your budget, and you can rest assured that your project is in safe hands.

Sourcing the Correct Materials

It goes without saying that a project of this kind is likely to cause some disruption within your household. Expect to be surrounded by structures such as scaffolding, site fencing and props known as temporary works. However, as much of the structural work will be taking place underground, the whole process can be a lot less intrusive if all of the correct materials are sourced and therefore, the whole impact of the work on your property will be less.

Here at Green Structural Engineering we are experts in basement conversions and can help with many of the key factors to help your project run smoothly. From help with planning applications (if applicable) to the sourcing, design and implementation of temporary works.

Contact our team here to find out how we can help you.