Basement conversions – our pick of the best

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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 London’s 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.

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