Planning your basement conversion

In the UK we dream of extra space. While your property may be great, you might be lacking in the extra space department and while clever décor and design can create an element of space, you probably want an extra room or area in the home where the family can relax, unwind and socialise.  Basement conversions have become a popular thing for homeowners to invest in, in Chislehurst and for good reason.

The planning and design involved
To be safe, it is important that you check with your local planning council about what authorisation is required in order to build or convert your basement. In some cases you will need to get neighbours to agree, especially if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house. In this case surveyors will need to be consulted.

A basement that is well planned and designed will look and feel as if it has always been a part of your home. You should try to blend in the décor and furnishings with the theme of the rest of your home if you want it to feel right, and be comfortable.
Pay attention to the type of lighting you will use as this can really make or break a space. Well lit areas will appear bigger and more spacious. If you are looking for a cosy look and feel, dim lighting will do the trick. Just remember that basements are generally dark and you may want to open the space up a bit.

Many homeowners excavate light wells at ground level in order to install windows in the basement and let in some natural light. This creates the feeling of space, as well as being above ground which is essentially the aim. Glass is a great way to incorporate the feeling of light in such an area and should be something that you consider.

Before making any decisions maybe have a look at a few other basement builds in Chislehurst and see if anything sparks your creativity. Once you have decided on a plan and design, stick to it so that your new living area looks and feels well planned and designed.

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