Preparation to the process adaptation of the basement for residential purposes
Are you dreaming of a basement straight out of an American sitcom? Would you like to have your own corner, where you can indulge your beloved passion? Or maybe your family is growing and you just want some extra space? Whatever your motivation, using unused space in your home is a great idea. However, before you put it into practice, take a look at this article. It will tell you the most important things to consider in preparation to this project.
Formalities when adapting a basement for residential purposes
If you’re the sole owner of a house, you shouldn’t encounter major formal difficulties when adapting a basement. It’s different if you intend to adapt this space in a tenement, block of flats or a multi-family building. Then there can be big problems – you need to determine the percentage share of all owners in the common area and have the notarial deeds drawn up. Another matter concerns approvals and permits. Once you have obtained the initial consent of all co-owners, you need to apply for another consent, but this time from the building administrator, which will treat the occupation of a selected part of the building. This will also lead to higher utility charges.
How do I determine whether a basement is suitable for adaptation?
Before undertaking any particular work, it’s a good idea to assess the condition of your basement. This will allow us to predict the actual size of the renovation and realistically assess our options. What should we take into account? The most important factor determining whether you’ll be able to live comfortably in a basement is the height of the rooms, which should be at least 8-9 feet. If it is lower, the basement will have to be deepened, and this is an expensive and difficult procedure. Another important factor is the degree of dampness in the cellar: this can be assessed either by taking special measurements or by drilling holes. Depending on the result of the analysis, it may be necessary to insulate the walls better, to install a ventilation system accordingly or to renovate the damp-proofing of the walls or the floor. Last, but definitely not in terms of importance, is the presence of windows. Traditional cellar windows do not meet the requirements for windows in dwellings. Their area should be at least one-eighth of the floor area, so we will probably have to enlarge the window openings.
Only once we have established these basic issues and dealt with the paperwork can we move on to the actual conversion and finishing of the basement for living purposes, and we will talk about that next month. Keep an eye out and check our website regularly, but in the meantime, feel free to explore the other blog articles.
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