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A basement can be the key to unlocking potential and getting the most out of your plot.A basement can be the key to unlocking potential and getting the most out of your plot.
With our diminishing building space and fast rising land prices, the return of the basement makes sound economic sense. So why are they still so rare in new houses in the UK?
Basements were fashionable with the Victorians and Edwardians when labour to dig the cellars was cheap, but with the coming of World War One the rate of building fell dramatically. After the war the number of household servants radically diminished so the need for accommodation below stairs was greatly reduced. With the rush to the newly-expanding suburbs in the 1920s and 30s, thanks to improved public transport, more land became available for building and so the need for below ground accommodation diminished.
Today it is estimated that less than two per cent of new homes being built in the UK have basements, although as many as seven per cent make use of sloping sites to build a partially submerged basement. Nevertheless they are becoming less rare according to Alan Tovey of the Basement Information Centre. “Many self-builders are seeing the obvious advantages of going down to provide extra space as plots get smaller and more expensive,” he says.
Benefits Of Having a Basement
- Space and better value for money
- Growing Families
- Better Site Utilisation
- Gaining Extra Space
- Energy Efficiency
- Multi-purpose use