If you’re looking to add more space or value to your home, then common wisdom would suggest you have two options: an attic conversion, or an extension. These are the common tools that people use to expand their home, and they’re great… but they’re not the only option. One option that is worth considering, but doesn’t seem to get quite as much attention as the two aforementioned options, is a basement conversion.
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”F60Jg” via=”yes” ]Basement conversions can be incredibly effective at adding space to a house. Rather than a dank, miserable area you primarily use to store junk in, a basement conversion gives your basement a whole new lease on life and purpose.[/ctt]
Basement conversions can be incredibly effective at adding space to a house. Rather than a dank, miserable area you primarily use to store junk in, a basement conversion gives your basement a whole new lease on life and purpose, as is detailed on RealHomes.com. If you think you might be tempted by a basement conversion, then read through this list of pros and cons as an example of what you might be getting into…
PRO: Space without extending
One of the major benefits of attic conversions is that they are easy to plan and achieve. You don’t have to worry about liaising with the neighbors or worrying about losing a chunk of your garden to accommodate the extension. Basement conversions offer the same benefits; all the extra space you need, without expanding the actual footprint of your home.
CON: Your basement will need to be suitable and in good condition
Not all basements can be converted into livable rooms, so your first step will be to ask an expert to evaluate the potential of the space. You’re also going to want to ensure that your basement is in the best condition possible, which includes issues such as damp-proofing courses and taking the time to visit BasementEscape.com for up-to-date and rust-free window well installation. If your basement is going to become a room that you can actually use rather than just set aside for storage, you’re going to need to invest time and effort into ensuring it is suitable for converted use.
PRO: An easier conversion process
This is not guaranteed to be the case, but for most basement conversions, the conversion process is far easier than an attic conversion. The reason for this is simple: there’s no need to add a staircase to access the newly converted room. Reorganizing the top floor of your house to accommodate an attic staircase is one of the most time-consuming and messy parts of an attic conversion, but most basements already have easy access available, which can be utilized and improved upon to allow for a full conversion.
CON: The lack of light
While it is possible to generate a surprising amount of light into a basement conversion with clever window placement and lighting solutions, you will find that you’ll rely on electronic lighting more in a basement conversion than elsewhere in your house. This is only a small downside though, and one that is easily remedied.
So, now you know the pros and cons of the process, do you think you might consider a basement conversion if you’re in need of extra space in your home?
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