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Basements are a luxurious answer to a shortage of building space in the most desirable and expensive parts of the country. From Londons original basement hotspot, Kensington and Hampstead, to large swathes of affluent UK postcodes from Dorset to Cheshire, basement conversions are all the rage. They allow extra space for a growing family, from a spacious kitchen to a family room, the opportunities are endless. We feature some of the most popular conversions.
As house prices soar it often makes more sense to dig down into the basement rather than move. Ten years ago it was primarily the super rich who were creating what was termed iceberg homes. But now with property space at a premium, and the expense involved with moving, many even modest terraced properties across the country are embarking on basement extensions. It is estimated that a basement can add 15 to 20 per cent to the value of a property.
A basement kitchen is a fantastic and popular choice of conversion as many period properties were built with pokey galley-style ones. Create a feeling of light and space in your basement conversion, with stark white walls and light wood or large tiled flooring and a kitchen island. Add a kitchen-diner atmosphere with a mid-century style sofa and leather armchair for chilling out and reading the Sunday papers.
Make the most of the space in youe basement conversion. With careful planning it can be converted into an all-in-one guest retreat with mini kitchen, bedroom and en suite.
Add a glass coffee table and mirrored furniture to create a feeling of space in your basement conversion. Think about lighting, wall spot lights can be a good option in combination with task lights.
Dedicate your basement conversion to relaxation, with a chill-out area for the whole family Combine hardwearing tiled flooring, with a texturised animal-print rug. Add an L-shaped sofa and wall-mounted TV for a laid-back feel to the room.
Make the most of a converted basement by turning it into the perfect guest retreat. A sleek kitchen area lines one wall with a comfy seating opposite, while a walk in shower is separated by a glass screen creating an open-plan feel. A bed is tucked away under the foundations creating a cosy sleep zone that's as inviting as it is compact.
Create the perfect entertainment zone to relax with the family. Illuminated letters make a feature on the white walls, while the large, widescreen TV takes centre stage against bold red paint. Team with plenty of modular seating, so the family can sit around together, and a large coffee table to store games.
Retro dining room furniture and quirky lighting and accessories create a relaxed look in this converted basement. Tongue-and-groove panelling adds interest to the walls, while rustic stone flooring contrasts with the modern furniture for an eclectic edge. French doors lead out onto the stairs leading up to the garden.
The elegant exposed brick walls take centre stage in this converted basement area. Flooring is keep light and neutral and the wood and metal staircase is kept simple so as not to dominate the space. Modern furniture adds definition, and bold blue furnishings add splashes of colour to the space.
Stairs lead down from the garden to this converted basement living room. Pale walls and flooring keep this space light and airy, with neutral soft furnishings continuing the look. Opt for a glass coffee table to create the illusion of more space, and complete the look with plumped up cushions for a relaxed, informal vibe.
An L-shaped sofa helps to define the separate areas of this open-plan room. White walls and pale painted kitchen units give the room a sense of space, while the same flooring throughout unites the different zones. An island is a great way to divide a kitchen into different areas while offering a practical surface for eating, working or food preparation.
Basement conversions don't tend to get a lot of natural light, so if you're going for a practical space like a kitchen, you'll need plenty of task lighting. Opt for wall spot lights to brighten up the whole area, and install lighting into glass-fronted cabinets. This basement kitchen is perfect for family meals, with stools propped up next to the island unit to create a smart breakfast bar.
Feeling inspired? Check out our guide on how to create the perfect basement room.