For those of you that are in need of space, converting a basement would be a great idea!

Basements are located on the lowest floor of the building which gives us access to the main living areas and has a more flexible range of use.

What can I use my basement for?

You can convert your basement either to a:

  • bedroom,
  • storage room,
  • entertainment room,
  • playroom.

However, most of the time the bedroom choice is ignored because of the lack of daylight and windows in the room.

Converting your basement to a storage room is a good idea if you want to gain additional space- which every home needs. You will have to provide the appropriate conditions for nothing to get damaged and bring good lighting into the room.

Another brilliant way to convert your basement is into an entertainment room like a movie room. Because the light in the basement is miserable you can easily make your own theatre! Just remember to secure the walls and floor for the room not to get damp- it may ruin the furniture.

If you don`t like having your kids toys in your living room, then another great solution is converting your basement into a playroom. Converting your basement to your child’s dream playroom you need to remember that you must provide clean circumstances. Water seepage, flooding, or water damage can ruin your child’s toys, room and it may influence health.

Waterproofing

Choosing any of the above options, you must remember to first waterproof your basement before converting. Waterproofing the basement will secure the walls from leaking and the floor from being wet, protecting your belongings.
Another way you can protect your basement is by cavity drain membranes. The membranes are used to create an inner waterproof structure in the basement or cellar, behind which is a cavity that is fully drained, so any tiny leaks in the outer structure are diverted harmlessly away by the drain.

It`s important not to put any screws where you will have the waterproofing system and if you haven`t waterproofed a basement before, contact a professional. A basement specialist will advise what has to be done in your specific case. Having a specialist do the job will save you time and money because the work won`t have to be done twice. 

Permissions

If you are willing to convert your existing basement then you won`t be required to plan a permission. However, if you would be planning to reduce the floor level of the basement to improve the ceiling height then a permission would be needed because it would be treated like a basement extension. It’s better to check first before you start planning.