An unused or impractical basement is a missed opportunity for a more spacious and valuable home, and luckily, there are a wide variety of ways you can use your basement to enhance your home. With the right designs and help from the professionals, your basement can be anything you want it to be!
Basement conversions and extensions are becoming increasingly popular across the UK, especially London, with a large number of homes wanting to increase living space & value.
Basement conversions have gained huge popularity in London, mainly due to the city’s limited space. Basement conversions provide a practical solution to the increasing demand for additional living or functional space without expanding the footprint of the property.
This popularity has also come down to homeowners in London wanting to increase the value of their property. By converting an unused or somewhat impractical basement into additional living space, the property is instantly more attractive to potential buyers or renters, therefore increasing its market value and offering you a considerable return on investment.
In fact, a popular remodelling magazine, HomeAdvisor, states that basement conversions can increase the value of a property by up to 20 – 30% in the UK.
So, if you’re looking to expand the functional space of your basement and add substantial value to your home, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up 5 of the most popular innovative ideas to transform your basement into something spectacular.
5 innovative basement conversion ideas include:
Over the past few years we’ve been spending a whole lot of time inside our homes, with many businesses favouring hybrid or even complete remote working. In fact,
In 2019, only about 12% of UK employees were working from home to some extent; and by 2022 this figure has jumped to between 25% and 40%, depending on the time of year. That’s a huge increase!
However, for some, the line between work and personal life has thinned as a result of working from home. Working in your living space like your bedroom or living room doesn’t let you escape your work environment once you log off, which can be the culprit of many people’s stress.
So if you have a basement, why not designate it as the family workspace? This way, you can establish and clear boundaries and separate work and personal life.
What’s more, converting a basement into a workspace also offers a secluded area that ensures privacy and confidentiality, which is especially helpful for individuals who handle sensitive information or have a lot of virtual meetings/calls throughout the day and need a quiet space with little distractions.
A wine connoisseur dreams of installing their very own wine cellar where they can store their favourite bottles in perfect conditions, waiting for that moment when they can impress guests, or to simply enjoy a glass or two after a long day.
If you fall into this category, converting your basement into a wine cellar might just be the perfect option!
Installing a wine cellar into your basement allows for proper storage conditions, which will preserve the quality and longevity of your wine collection. What’s more, wine cellars provide the ideal environment for ageing wine, ensuring that your wine matures and develops its flavours as intended.
Yet, while converting your basement into a wine cellar might sound like a simple project, there are a number of precautions you must take in order for it to be successful (and mould-free!). These include: keeping light to a minimum, stripping and waterproofing your basement and protecting the timber from damp.
Get in touch with our expert design and build specialists to help you build your dream wine cellar.
Another super cool innovative idea for your basement conversion is a cinema room, perfect for families that love entertainment and relaxation. As a space with very minimal or no natural light, a basement is the ideal space for creating an environment for watching films and bingeing TV without any distractions, providing a true cinema-like experience.
Additionally, having a cinema room in your basement, you’ll add additional living space to your home, meaning family and friends will have more options as to where they hang out. Especially great if you have children and would like a bit of peace and quiet every now and then!
A well-designed cinema room will also significantly increase the overall value of your house, making it more appealing to potential buyers looking for a private and exclusive entertainment space.
For all you fitness enthusiasts, having a dedicated gym in your home to work out and let off steam can be a valuable addition to your home, especially if you struggle to leave the house to head to the gym. No more queueing for equipment or working out at peak hours after work, simply head downstairs and you’re there! No excuses.
And the good news is, compared with other basement conversions, setting up a home gym in your basement can be relatively simple! Chat with our design experts to see how you can begin your home gym conversion.
If you or members of your household are avid gamers, what better way to utilise your basement than creating an entertainment/games room?
Basements make for the perfect entertainment spaces as you’ll feel completely separate from the rest of your house, plus you can make your basement soundproof too (thank us later). What’s more, the lack of natural light means you can really get in the zone and enjoy hours of uninterrupted gaming.
Pop a pool table down there, some comfy sofas, perhaps some retro arcade games, and of course a mini-fridge or bar, you can make it feel like a proper entertainment hub that everyone can enjoy!
Converting any room in your house requires skill and expertise, but the complexities of a basement conversion or extension often means it can be pretty labour intensive. This is why we highly recommend that you hire the right people to get the job done to a high standard.
At Rose Line Premier, we are proud to have a reputation for delivering exceptional projects that exceed our client’s expectations. Each and every member of the team has extensive experience in all aspects of design and build, and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship.
We are also committed to sustainability and environmentally friendly building practices, and are constantly exploring new technologies and materials to ensure that our projects are as energy-efficient and eco-friendly as possible.
So, if you are looking for a reliable and professional design and build company to convert your basement in London, look no further than Rose Line Premier.
Written by Kate Jones for Rose Line Premier Construction.