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The basement as additional living space - basement conversion in 10 steps

A basement can be much more than just a place to store boxes and garden tools. With a little creativity and the right planning, it can be transformed into a full-fledged living space. Whether you need a new bedroom, office or guest room, a basement conversion can be the perfect solution. In this blog article, you'll learn how to turn your basement into an additional living space in 10 steps.

  1. Planning: Before you start converting your basement, you should think about how you want the new living space to look and what requirements it needs to meet. Also take into account any structural limitations and the available space.

  2. Drainage: Careful drainage of the basement is essential to avoid moisture and mould formation. Therefore, first check whether your basement is sealed against moisture and whether it is necessary to install drainage or a seepage layer.

  3. Insulation: To keep the basement warm and save energy, you should insulate it well. Various materials such as polystyrene, cellulose or mineral wool are suitable for this purpose.

  4. Electrical installation: In order to be able to use the basement as a living space, you must also check the electrical installation and renew it if necessary. Plan for sufficient sockets and connections for lamps.

  5. Heating: For a comfortable room temperature in the basement, you should install a heating system. Here you have the choice between different systems such as underfloor heating, radiators or a heat pump.

  6. Flooring: The flooring in the basement should be robust and easy to maintain. For example, tiles, laminate or PVC flooring are suitable here. With carpets, you can also subsequently make the room more homelike and to your individual taste.

  7. Walls: These should also be protected against moisture in the basement. Best suited for this purpose is, for example, wallpapered plaster or woodchip.

  8. Windows and doors: To bring enough daylight into the basement, you should be more specific about the installation of windows and doors. After all, if the room is used as a living space and not as an unheated storage room, it is subject to the requirements of the Building Energy Code. Windows should also be waterproof to protect against floods.

  9. Plumbing: If you also want to install a bathroom or kitchen in the basement, you should also plan the plumbing. Here you should pay attention to the connections for water and sewage and renew them if necessary.

  10. Final cleaning and design: Once all structural work is completed, you should thoroughly clean the basement before you start designing. Choose paint, wallpaper, furniture and accessories to suit your taste and furnish the new living space to your liking.

Bottom line: Basement remodelling can take a lot of time and money, but the results can be worth it - you gain space and the basement becomes versatile. This, of course, also increases the value of your property in the long run.

But mind you, it's important to do thorough planning and ensure that all the necessary structural and technical requirements are met to achieve a satisfactory result. 

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