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Design Your Basement With the Help of Home LogicBy admin
Friday, 4 January 2019
With the news that 40% of young people in the UK can’t afford to get on the property ladder due to high house prices, it comes as no surprise that more people are looking at ways to extend their homes since they can’t afford to move.
Not only does an extension give you the extra space that your growing family needs, it also adds an additional 11% of value to your property. That means it’s something that’s definitely worth considering.
However, more people are finding that, while they need more room for everyday life, they’re unable to extend upwards or sideways. One of the best solutions is to extend downwards, creating a basement.
A basement is an incredibly useful addition to any home as it can be used for a multitude of purposes.
Perhaps you need an additional bedroom or living space? Or maybe you’re keen to use your newly acquired room for leisure purposes, for gaming or relaxation. Whatever you’re planning, you can design your basement with the help of Home Logic.
How to Use Your Basement
A basement offers a useful space in any home, with a character that is very different to the remainder of the home. A basement is sufficiently close to your ground floor, so it can be used as a playroom, additional living room, a kitchen, or even as a bedroom.
There are now more multi-generational families in the UK, and in such cases a basement can be an ideal granny flat for a dependent elderly relative or even a living space for an adult child.
Today’s modern demanding lifestyle means that basements can also be used for all sorts of leisure purposes from swimming pools to a home gym. If your tastes are rather more luxurious, you could even turn your basement into a wine cellar or cinema room.
If you need something more functional, a basement home office could be the answer. You might even want to turn your basement into a garage with additional storage.
If you add a basement onto your existing property this can be expensive and complex. Underpinning may be required along with extensive excavations. Nevertheless, if you need more space this type of extension is still worth it
Types of Basements
There are three types of basement:
A Conversion or Refurbishment of a Pre-Existing Cellar or Basement.
Some older properties have existing spaces under the main living areas of a home. Often, these old spaces have brick walls without waterproofing.
It’s possible in many cases to convert these spaces to a suitable living area with the addition of waterproofing and spray foam insulation.
A Retrofitted Basement.
If you add a basement onto your existing property this can be expensive and complex. Underpinning may be required along with extensive excavations. Nevertheless, if you need more space this type of extension is still worth it.
A Brand New Basement.
If you’re building a brand-new property a basement can easily be incorporated into the plans. This is the easiest option.
Lighting is another common problem in basements with no natural light. Finding ways to harness the power of natural light in this space is essential
Finishing Your Basement
When you’ve decided on the use of your basement, you need to know how to finish it properly.
Finishing the walls can be especially problematic since damp and moisture are a common feature of basements. Spray foam insulation is the perfect solution, keeping your space warm, dry, and comfortable enough to spend time in all year round.
Lighting is another common problem in basements with no natural light. Finding ways to harness the power of natural light in this space is essential.
Sun tunnels, light wells, glass, and mirrors all have roles to play in brightening a basement room, or you could simply choose a use for your newly acquired underground space that doesn’t require natural light such as a cinema room or home bar.
Save yourself the expense and hassle of moving home by opting for a basement extension today, and let your family stretch out and have all the space that they really need as they grow!
Benefiting from Your Basement
Although a basement extension is never going to be a simple project, you can get plenty of use out of your new space when you design your basement with the help of Home Logic.
Choosing the right usage for your basement, ensuring that it’s well protected from damp, water and cold, and decorating it in the right way so that the natural light can be harnessed to its best potential will give you a fantastic additional room in your busy and crowded home.
Save yourself the expense and hassle of moving home by opting for a basement extension today, and let your family stretch out and have all the space that they really need as they grow. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to make your dream renovation a reality!
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