Basements; take two!
Simon Pole Structural Engineer provides more detailed advice following a general introduction to basements in the last newsletter.
The previous article listed the characteristics of a good basement. The starting point, as with any building project is to obtain good ‘design’ advice and this normally starts with the architect. It is important that a basement conversion connects to the rest of the house correctly and has all the characteristics listed in the first article (good headroom, daylighting etc). Although the construction will be below ground, Planning Permission will invariably be required together with Building Regulations approval.
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