Basement conversions are becoming increasingly common as people more often decide to expand their homes rather than to buy a new one. This has mainly been possible thanks to the progress in waterproofing cellars and basements, which is so essential for a successful basement conversion. Basement conversion is a great way to increase the effective space in your home as well as its value at the same time. Basement conversion can also save you a great deal of trouble if you plan to move out since you wish to have a bigger place. Besides, you can always rent your basement and supplement your income, which will greatly help you especially in these times of recession. For this reason, you could also convert your basement into something that has a commercial value, like a studio, retail space, car parking or even a small bar. You can be innovative in the way you want your basement conversion to take place and what exactly you want your basement to become.
Waterproofing is very important for a good basement conversion and this should not be overlooked. In addition, there should be enough headroom in the basement so that it can be used properly and for the purpose that it is being converted. You should also make sure that you have adequate resources to fully include plans for a heating or cooling system, electrical wiring and plumbing, all depending on the function for which you want to convert your basement. For example if you just want a basement conversion for a garage, then you will probably not require any plumbing there. If you own an old house, you would probably need to modernize your electrical system before you go for basement conversion.
You should also realize that in general since the basement conversion comes within your home, you will not require any special planning permissions. However, if you are to add a new entrance at the front of your house, for example, or if you need to expand in any way, then a planning permission will be necessary. If you live in a listed building, then you require permission for basement conversion even if there is no external change and only the interiors are modified. Just make sure all the regulations are being followed and any required permission is sought before you go for your renovations.
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