How to Plan a Basement Conversion

The basement is probably the part of your home that you think the least about. For most families, it’s just a place for storage, laundry, and other features of the house that are unsuitable for upstairs. But basements have a lot of untapped potential, and the right builder can turn them into beautiful, functional parts of your living space.

Factors to Consider Before Starting a Basement Conversion

Planning a basement conversion in Bath can feel like a daunting task, but if you take it one step at a time it can all come together. The first thing that you need to know is whether your basement is eligible to be converted. Factors to consider include:

  • How many square meters your basement is
  • Whether the floor level will need to be lowered
  • Whether there are any drains underneath the house that will need to be diverted
  • The ground conditions underneath your basement
  • The conditions of the local water table

Planning the Conversion

If you’ve decided that a basement conversion is the right project for you, then it’s time to start getting the permissions for the job and hiring a suitable builder. Take planning fees, building regulations applications, and party wall agreements into account, because all that paperwork is going to add to your budget.

Do your research before hiring a builder; ask for recommendations from family, friends, and local trade groups. Certified builders should be able to provide you with all their certifications and permissions when you ask for them.