A new build basement is often confused with a basement that is new to an existing property. You know, a property exists but more space is needed so we will build a brand new basement for the property. This is incorrect. A new build basement is attached to the words ‘new build’ as these refer to a building that does not exist yet and is being built from the ground up.
The technical aspects and differences between the two abovementioned options are so far apart from the get go, that we have created other posts to answer specific demands. With a new build basement, the basement itself becomes an integral part of the foundation of the property, supporting all floors (Including ground floor) above it. It is imperative that a structural engineer gets involved at this point to work out the calculations surrounding weight distribution, not just at the completion stage, but bearing future expansion in mind as well.
The foundation is the single most important component of any new build property, even if it is a wooden property.
The benefits of having a new build basement built far outweigh the costs of construction. The added space that can be achieved by adding an extra floor or floors (In some areas multi layer basements sometimes get approval) for the cost of a poured concrete structure and excavation prior to the actual visible bricks and mortar being laid, is awesome. Suddenly the options of play areas, home offices, gyms and more become within reach, not to mention the increase in resale value at the time to sell.
Of course, putting a new build basement together requires specialists and at this point we like to stress:
We are Engineer-led. This means that every Basement Builder project is overseen by a qualified structural engineer from the very first design chats, to the last wipe-down from the clean up team. This offers various benefits not least of which is a reduction in cost.
We don’t have to outsource any stages of the projects we undertake as everything is done in-house. Architects, Structural Engineers, Surveyors, Legal Advice and even our very own Subject Matter Expert team for radio and TV interviews – all operate from our Head Office.