Most basements are dank and dark, and usually inhabitable. If you’re lucky enough to have a basement, but it is indeed unused and neglected, you may want to think about converting it into a comfortable living space for your family. There are many advantages to doing so, which we want to share with you, to help you understand why you should consider the investment.
Basements were popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when manual labour was cheap. However, after the war there were not as many servants, so people didn’t require the space. Now, it is estimated that less than 2% of properties have a usable basement.
It’s important to note that a basement conversion does not mean you will be building an entire new basement; this will require planning permission and a lot more building work. It is simply the renovation of an existing area. The most obvious benefit to this is the additional space it provides. More space is great for growing families who don’t wish to extend into the garden. Whether you want to use the space as a modern home cinema or you simply require an additional bedroom, the conversion is guaranteed to enhance the look and feel of your home.
Another advantage to converting your basement is that it can add up to 10% to the value of your property. It will also become more desirable to buyers. This is great if you’re planning to move house. However, in places where house prices are particularly high, a conversion is a much more cost effective option than moving to a bigger home.
No matter how you plan to use your basement, a conversion will help you make the most of your plot. Just be sure to consider all possible financial implications before you get started, and hire a professional whom you trust.
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