Three things to Consider when Planning your Basement
A basement can provide an ideal extra space for families and individuals alike. Whether you dream of a little extra storage space or fancy a separate office or guest bedroom, it can, without doubt, be a welcome addition to your new home.
When planning a basement, one of the first – and most important – things is to ensure it is completely waterproof. Having gone through the extensive process of designing and constructing a new home with a basement, the last thing anyone wants is to see are signs of damp and leaks. Not only is it unsightly and unhygienic, it can also leave lasting damage on your home’s building fabric and structural integrity.
With the right planning, implementation and professional support, however, you can create your perfect space which will last a lifetime. Here are our top three things to consider in the planning stages, which will guarantee basement bliss.
1. Always have a soil survey
If you have a plot and intend to build your own home with a basement, it is essential you have a detailed soil survey carried out by a qualified expert before beginning the planning stages. A specialist will assess the soil conditions on your chosen site, advise you on how to take the most advantage of your specific location and the design, construction methods and materials you will need to use.
The specific location of the new property is important as soil boring samples will be taken to assess the bearing capacity of the subsoil and provide detail on the groundwater level. The unique soil conditions and characteristics will all need to be taken into account when planning your property as these will affect the specific materials and seals required to ensure a watertight home.
2. Plan ahead
To save time and trouble, think carefully about what you plan to use your basement for when it’s completed. Are you likely to use it for extra storage, as a utility area, an office, or even a spare bedroom?
With specifics in mind, layouts can be planned strategically with a view on the best locations for water outlets, electricity points, etc. Thinking about his during the early stages of planning avoids the need for future adaptations which not only can add considerable time and costs to your construction, but can also run the risk of encouraging damp and leaks down the line.
It’s not always easy to envisage exactly what you want from a new space, so some professional advice from experts is always advisable. Their years of experience means they can best support you through the planning stages, guiding you on a design layout which will help you make the most of your new basement.
3. Choose materials wisely
Proper specification is not only about choosing high-quality products, but also appreciating the fit, accuracy and compatibility of those products you decide to use. As stated previously, the soil characteristics of a particular plot will dictate which construction materials will ensure a basement remains a hundred percent watertight.