5 Top Tips for Building a Basement with your new Self-build project
Thinking about building a basement for your premanufactured home? It’s important to make sure you plan your project thoroughly, right from the beginning. This way, you can ensure a hassle-free project, which gives a lifetime of enjoyment.
Here are our top 5 tips:
1. What will your basement be used for?
The first question you should ask yourself when building a new basement is: what will it be used for? Will it be a storage space, utility room, games area or bedroom? Or perhaps a cinema, swimming pool or sauna? The design of elements such as walls, doors and stairs, even down to the placement of sockets and lighting fixtures, all largely depend on what you intend to use your basement for.
Planning ahead is therefore crucial. Think about any likely family plans before starting the build and the overall use of your new basement. If you have small children now, think about whether it might be useful to have extra living quarters in your basement for when they’re older, or if you have parents that are likely to stay with you.
2. Make a plan
Your prefabricated house and basement aren't going to build themselves. In fact, the production process always involves a number of different factories working together on the project. The only way to stick as closely to your building schedule as possible is to ensure that everything is carefully coordinated from the very beginning. The better the coordination is between your basement provider and your construction company for example, the quicker you can move into your new house! Make a point of coordinating your manufacturing and construction schedules as early as possible.
3. Choose Quality
No one wants any nasty surprises, so make sure you opt for quality over the cheapest bargain deal. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Remember, it’s a lifetime investment, so making educated choices and focusing on a quality product (from the manufacturing stage to the construction process) will pay dividends in the long run. We are known for our experience, expertise and quality. We’ve even been awarded the Focus Money magazine prize for fairest prefabricated basement company.
4. Accuracy is a must
Accuracy is crucial, not just in the basement, but in all elements linking the basement to your new home. Just as clearance dimensions are a mark of production quality in the automobile industry, every component of the basement in your prefabricated house has to fit together perfectly. Both the exterior dimensions and height tolerance both play an essential role here. The same applies to the integration of stairs, ceiling penetrations, sprinkler fixtures and filling heights. To make sure that everything fits perfectly, a high-quality production process with regular quality testing is indispensable.
5. Stay cosy and dry
Depending on the region you live in, there are specific water and moisture protection measures that have to be taken. Obviously, you want to keep your basement in a good, dry condition for years to come, so damp walls, leaks, and mould are a definite ‘no-no’! Both protection against moisture and extreme temperatures play an important role. That's why the right insulation and waterproofing are essential.
These choices can often be overwhelming, especially if you know nothing about insulation and waterproofing! Draw upon some professional advice during the planning stages of your build. Thanks to many years of experience building prefabricated basements, we can provide the ideal solution for even the most complex of cases.