Questionnaire: Is My Basement Suitable for Conversion?
Perhaps you are desperate for the extra space - or perhaps you just fancy another useable room. We may have different reasons for wishing to convert a basement - but just how suitable is an underground space for carrying out the work?Try this questionnaire to find out how your basement measures up
1. How dry is your basement?
- a. Not dry at all. It is very damp and we sometimes have drain flooding when it rains hard.
- b. A little bit damp. It smells a bit musty sometimes but there is never any water down there.
- c. It is extremely dry. We have never noticed any damp.
2. How much head height is there?
- a. Very little. An adult could not stand up straight down there
- b. It’s not great but there is about seven or eight feet in height.
- c. The head height is pretty good. Adults can stand up and there are still a good few inches above the tops of their heads.
3. Are there any windows?
- a. No. There is no natural light at all.
- b. There is a small amount of natural light coming through one or two small windows or wells.
- c. There is lots of natural light. There are good-sized windows or wells.
4. What is the access like down to the basement?
- a. Poor. We have to climb down a ladder or use a very small, unsafe staircase.
- b. OK. The stairs need some work but they could be safe to use.
- c. Good. We have a proper staircase which is currently safe to use. There is a door at the top that can be closed.
5. What is the overall floor space down there like?
- a. Not good. You would only be able to create a very, very small basement area.
- b. Fairly good. You should be able to create a small room easily.
- c. Very good. There’s plenty of room for at least one large room.
6. Are there are any central supporting walls in your basement?
- a. Yes. There’s more than one supporting wall. This divides the basement up, making small, unusable spaces.
- b. There is at least one supporting wall. But there are still generous open spaces.
- c. No. There are no supporting walls in the basement space.