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Basement conversion is no easy task. It’s not simply about switching up the furniture in your room - it’s about creating a safe and beautiful place that adds value to your home. So once you’ve decided to redo your basement, it’s time to book a basement conversion specialist through Airtasker.
When you hire a basement conversion expert through Airtasker, you get a local expert who can be at your house in minutes. Not some specialist from the other side of town who will keep you waiting at every meeting or step of the project. What’s more, our platform makes it easy to find someone within your budget. Additionally, check on ratings and reviews before you confirm your appointment. This way, you get to hear from homeowners like you.
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First, ask your basement conversion specialist or a surveyor if your property is suitable for a basement conversion. An older house may need underpinning to make it safe for excavations, while modern townhouses cannot be underpinned and have renovated cellars. You may also want to check on drainage and damp problems. Once you’ve confirmed that your home is suitable for a basement conversion, check that you and the construction workers will have easy access to the area.
Usually, you won’t need planning permission to convert your cellar, but if you extend your basement into a separate unit or a light well is added, you may need to seek permission from your local authorities. But before you start your basement conversion project, it is a good idea to inform your neighbours - especially if the work may affect a shared wall or property line.
Renovating your basement can take anywhere from two to five months, depending on the size and scale of your project. This entire process usually includes surveying, space planning, initial construction, excavation, waterproofing, and the installation of drainage, lights, access points, and furniture. You may also need time to hire local tile-setters for your basement flooring.
Yes, but the extent to which you can enlarge your basement usually depends on the planning restrictions in your area, your property line, as well as the land/soil conditions on your property. Be sure to check with your local planning office before you start your basement conversion project. After you’ve finished renovating your basement, use Airtasker to find an after-builders cleaner near you! Your newly renovated basement will be ready for you to enjoy in no time at all.
It might not be safe or healthy for you to sleep in the basement. This is because the air downstairs can get damp, making the room a stomping ground mould and allergy-causing particles. The poor air quality can cause cough, headache, skin irritation, and more. So, consider these factors before you decide to turn your basement into a guest bedroom.
Yes, converting your cellar can add value to your property. According to some experts, a typical basement conversion can increase value by as much as 15% and has a good ROI (return on investment). This is because finished basements add to the liveable square footage, don’t infringe on your neighbours’ property, and don’t need to use high-end materials. So if you’re planning to flip your house soon, converting your basement now can sweeten the deal.
Booking a basement conversion specialist through Airtasker usually means working with someone who will guide you through the process of checking. This includes assessing whether your property is ideal for basement renovation, planning the best use of the space, and doing the nitty-gritty of installing proper drainage, waterproofing, tiles, lights, and other fixtures.
Depending on your budget and needs, some Taskers may even help with assembling the furniture in your newly-finished basement. Here’s what you can typically expect when you request a cellar renovation expert through our platform:
Usually, the Tasker starts by assessing your basement and asking you about your plans for space. They may check if builders will have access to the area (especially if your family will stay home during the project’s run). They may also familiarise you with building codes and regulations in your area, such as installing a fire escape.
Next, they may check that the soil and foundation on your property are suitable for a basement conversion. Pre-existing problems like drainage and dampness will also be assessed. Your Tasker may also check if there’s enough room for insulation, lights, plumbing, and ventilation.
Once the Tasker has confirmed that your home is ideal for a basement conversion, they’ll help you draw up the plans for space. These include room layout, interior design, access points, roof lights, and light wells. Whether you want to turn the basement into a home gym or family room, a good basement conversion specialist will usually help you turn that vision into a reality.
After you approve of the plans, the basement conversion specialist runs these plans by your local planning office. They’ll also inform your neighbours about the upcoming project. These parties may have technical questions, and the Tasker is usually in the best position to answer them.
The next step is the actual construction of your new basement. A Tasker (or a structural engineer that they work with) usually steps in and does the calculations that make sure that your basement is structurally sound, insulated, and waterproof. This is called the technical and structural design phase.
After the technical and structural plans are drawn up, the basement conversion specialist (or a third-party contractor) executes the designs. They’ll waterproof your basement, put in the plumbing and electric wiring, install the tiles, and so on.
Some Taskers may also take on the interior design aspect of renovating your basement, though you can certainly do it yourself or hire an interior designer near you. This phase starts with the designer assessing the finished basement and asking about your vision for it.
They’ll come up with design plans for you to approve. Then, they’ll draw up the specifics in terms of furniture and fixtures, then build or purchase them. The result? A beautiful “new” basement!