BUILD-UP OR BUILD DOWN? LOFT CONVERSION vs BASEMENT CONVERSION
If you have been considering an extension for some time, you might be stuck in the conundrum: should you build upwards, or should you build downwards? Well, it depends on what you want out of your space in the loft versus the space in your basement. If you already have a couple of ideas in mind, this article can help you make the decision.
There are positives to both loft and basement conversions, but both do also have some drawbacks too and many of your options are going to come down to your budget, your needs, and the style of property that you have. Plus, there is the possibility of planning permission to take into consideration as well. There may be a lot of structural work required, involving steel beams and even retaining walls to the outside.
There is a particular enjoyment in excavating and converting your basement, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of having such a conversion done to your home.
A basement conversion can typically have multiple uses. Most often, it is used as a media room, a home gym, or a family den but we have also seen conversions that now include the family kitchen and dining area. There is no denying it – a basement conversion can add a certain kind of luxury to your home. For example, having a basement with large bi-fold doors that opens up onto a patio area in your garden, is quite luxurious! And if you are into food and wine, what better place to keep it than in your basement conversion for entertaining!
Long gone are the days of feeling like you are stuck in a cave because basement conversions have moved forward with modern technology, meaning they are now light, airy and very comfortable rather than being dark, dingy and claustrophobic. In many cases, they can be the talking point of your home!
Already have an existing Cellar? Great, a basement conversion can be one of the cheapest and the most straightforward options for you. You must, however, also understand the drawbacks of basement conversion too. For example, if you need to have your basement excavated first to make way for a basement conversion, this will ramp up the overall cost of the project due to increased labour and work required. Plus, depending on your local authority, you may need planning permission too.
A loft conversion is also an excellent option because you are essentially converting existing space that would otherwise be used as storage at best. Perhaps, when you think about a loft conversion, you wish for a beautiful feeling of space with lots of light and some stunning views. Well, that is what you can achieve because a loft conversion can create a very comfortable living space with lots of light and some stunning views – if your surroundings allow for this.
If you keep your plans simple, it can be very straightforward to create something excellent out of your pre-existing loft. Simple things like installing the new staircase over an existing one and plumbing above other plumbing can help streamline the job. A loft conversion is an excellent space for the master bedroom that can include an ensuite bathroom, or perhaps be used as a home office.
There are a couple of restrictions that might mean that a loft conversion is not ideal for you
though. For example, there are restrictions in the conversion of loft spaces, in that you are generally limited to the height of your current loft. The minimum height required for a loft conversion is 2.2 meters and you can easily measure this yourself by taking a tape measure and running it from the floor of your loft to the tallest point of your roof. If it’s 2.2 meters and above, then you should be able to convert.
A loft conversion can serve so many different purposes and is a popular choice for creating an additional bedroom across the UK.
On the other hand, a basement conversion can be created into something functional and modern like a movie room, pool room, or an exquisite dining space to entertain your guests.
Either way, both are excellent options for adding additional space and value to your home.