Renovating the basement can be one of the most rewarding projects that you’ll undertake. After all, if your basement is currently undeveloped or unusable, doing some renovations will give you a whole new space in your house to work with, whether you want to use it as an entertainment den or a place for guests.
If you have decided to renovate your basement, then it’s time to consider the practical steps you need to take to get the renovation underway. These steps should include not just the renovation itself but your local areas planning permission guidelines and practical steps such as how much budget can you allocate for the development. Read on for more practical tips if you are considering renovating your basement area.
Set a spending cap, and plot the course of your renovation. How much renovating can you do for the budget that you’ve set? Can you get to all the repairs that you wanted to, or is something going to be missing? Finding out just how far your money will get you is an important first step to getting your renovations done.
How many hours are you going to be able to devote to the project? You don’t want to tie up all your time and money in a project if you’re never going to have the hours to complete it, do you? So, look at your schedule and see how you’re going to be able to fit your Basement Renovations into it.
As a general rule, simple conversions usually do not require any planning permission. However, rules often change from area to area, so it is always a good idea to check first. If you fail to renovate your basement within the local authorities rules, you will find yourself most likely with a fine on your hands, as well as the task of having to redevelop the area so that it is in accordance to the local authorities rules. For peace of mind it is always best to check with your local authority what the planning permission rules are first.
Many are happy to skip this step, believing that it is an unnecessary expense. However, a great designer could end up designing you a renovation that is well under your chosen budget. A designer will have knowledge of which materials are most suitable as well as where you could introduce savings. They will also be able to generate a design plan that is easily translatable to the builders. A design plan will ensure that your redevelopment will turn out as you expect, and not just an interpreted design that the building company ‘think’ that you wish to have carried out. Seeing your design rendered out can also help you visualize how your design will turn out, before any building work has taken place, allowing you to amend where necessary before any drastic unalterable action has been taken.
Once you have a design you are happy with, the next step is to find a great building company to realize it for you. Take time to choose your company carefully and make the choice based on expertise, skill and experience, and not just on budget. Budget builders may sound great on paper, and may quote you a price that you are extremely happy with, but what you may end up with is low grade materials unskillfully put together. Remember too that this renovation will increase the value of your home, so finding the budget for a professional highly qualified company makes sense. If you decided to use a design company, you could ask them if they have any building company recommendations. With experienced design companies you will often find that they often work with the same building contractors, due to reliability, so it’s worthwhile asking for a recommendation. A good home renovation company will be experienced with working in all areas of basement renovation, such as foundation waterproofing. They will also be able to carry out other repairs to your home such as if you require sewer and drain cleaning or storm drain cleaning. You can source building renovation companies via your local directory or via an online search engine.
Now, evaluate how you’ve been using your basement so far and the ways in which you want to enhance or change those usages. If you haven’t been using your basement, examine what sorts of living spaces are missing from your house at large. Do you have guest bedrooms? A place for the kids to play? Enough space to relax? Let your basement account for whatever deficit there might be in your home.