Commonly affiliated with American and English lifestyle, basements have become status symbols and carry boasting rights. They have become plain vanilla for terrace houses in high-density areas near city centers like Paddington in Sydney and Brighton and Toorak in Melbourne.
Many homeowners have converted store basements into spaces for entertainment, living, sleeping, playing, working, guests and more. What is more, they realized that a room in a basement adds the footprint of the real estate, giving it an instantaneous value boost without impacting on the neighbors.
If you are one of the homeowners, planning to convert your basement into a guest room, then this is the right article for you.
Before you start anything, you need to measure the basement first so you’d have an idea of how much space you are working with. Moreover, you need to be certain that the height is in accordance with the building codes. While there are no specific building regulations around basements, each local council may impose regulations on turning a basement into a living area with regard to height restrictions, planning overlays, permits etc.
In case you don’t have enough height, you can always add visual height by painting the ceiling in dark colors. The dark effect makes space visually higher and works well with a different sort of aesthetics.
Ventilation and natural light
Adequate ventilation and natural light are essential if you have livable space in sub-terrain. Ventilation is crucial for airflow, and not just to keep the basement fresh, but also to ensure that exhausts from cooking, heaters, and similar, are safely channeled away. While there are countless creative artificial lighting systems attainable, nothing compares to actual daylight.
The best way to ensure natural light is by installing windows. Here you should consider egress windows, as it is required by The International Building Code to have at least one emergency escape and rescue opening in the habitable space below the ground.
Speaking of windows, their placement should be considered carefully as they can be an important part of an overall guest room design. Based on how the land slopes you can think of even installing larger windows in some sections of the basement. On the other hand, smaller windows can also have a great impact on the space if you disguise the size with some shutters and drapes.
In order for windows to serve their purpose and provide enough natural light and, additionally bring in the charm of sunbeams piercing through the glass, they need to be constantly clean. If you don’t have enough time to spare on washing and cleaning them, there is always a Sydney Based Window cleaning company that can sort this out for you.
Next thing you should consider when building a guest room in the basement is the flooring. When it comes to selecting flooring, the good news is that almost any flooring is appropriate to install in a low-level basement. Most accurately installed types are able to stand up to damp conditions and high humidity.
Nevertheless, you still need to make sure which floor products are appropriate for lower-level use. Do the research on what materials are adequate to use. For example, a solid hardwood flooring and fiberboard laminate flooring that hasn’t been treated for damp resistance are not a very good choice. However, engineered wood, tiles, rubber and area rugs may be practicable choices.
Outlets & Switches
Your guests will probably need a place to charge their electronic devices. In addition, you may want to set up a television in the room. Therefore, you need to think carefully where to put in outlets and cover the space with enough of them.
Before you start the wiring of outlets and switches, make sure everything is done by the book and in accordance with electrical codes.