More than a Brick and Mortar Space: Basement Conversion in the UK

One of the most prominent and challenging aspects for a Basement Company in London is to take up excavation projects in private dwelling spaces which are quite old (1945 and earlier than that).

95% of brick and mortar spaces in the UK were the traditional masonry and timber constructions. Adding an extra hidden space in such a strongly built dwelling may go pear-shaped if not attended to by a specialist.

Most of the ‘high-rise’ and luxurious spaces in London have a hidden aspect to them, i.e. their subterranean recesses that accommodates many extravagant features which resonates with the likes of the elites, or ‘super-primes’ of the country. As far as the categorization of such dwellings are concerned, they have been classified into – standard, large and mega spaces (based on their built and inclusion of facilities in them).

A specialized Basement Company in London is also equipped to offer services like the reconditioning and renovation of a house, and are flexible enough to fit into the clients needs and requirements (including the basement contractor of client’s choice) by engaging in the designing phase and assisting the contractors to accomplish the task.

Before a basement conversion project is finalized, the Basement company(s) in London are required to discuss the plan with the client and get a go-ahead from them before embarking on the construction or deconstruction work. For an extra space not to cause hindrance in the overall structural alignment of the building, it is advisable to maintain a head-height of 2.4 metres (minimum) (in a cellar). Of course, the head height can be increased further (provided it is falling within the safety guidelines), but may cost a little extra to the client.

Clients/customers do ask for more than one basement level to have billets and more utility storage space. This ask can be served only if it is not an impediment to the geological and geographical resources and conditions. The customer must ensure that the Basement Company in London they are taking the services from have taken the Basement planning permission from the necessary list of authorities before encroaching the space or premise of the building and carry out the excavation action.

Each client must keep their neighbours well-informed before the subterranean conversion work starts. This will keep the neighbours prepare themselves and not complain about the noise or pollution matters. For people residing in a conservation area, a Basement company in London (and other places) may not be able to accommodate lot of specific changes and requirements by the client, especially the lightwell and design or architectural standards must be maintained as per instructions from the authorities.

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