Basements. What can go wrong?

Andy Butchers, Director of Build-Zone Survey Services Ltd, shares his insider knowledge to help troubleshoot this area of a building whether you are considering a New Build or Conversion.

diagram of a house with basements

Basements in a new building can “hide” the ultimate in luxury in both new builds and conversions with the secret swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, games room, Gym, Home Cinema or Music rooms.

For conversions where space is limited and the cost of selling and “up sizing” may be prohibitive then extending upwards and downwards may be the most cost-effective solution.  However, working on an existing structure is considered more difficult than a new build.

As a Warranty provider primarily due to our risk management and visit regime we do not actually see many basement claims but as you can appreciate, when it does go wrong, along with the stress and disruption it can cause, it can be both extremely difficult and expensive to resolve the problem.  I have detailed a number of pointers which should be considered along with your design team to provide you with the most cost-effective solution and when constructed professionally should provide no problems throughout the life of the building.

1)Suitability of a Basement for its location.

One of the first things to consider is if it is appropriate and cost effective to construct a basement. If you look at recent press articles some suggest London Local Authorities are clamping down or even stopping (through the Planning process) new or updated basements as part of conversion work due to the ‘perceived risk’ to surrounding properties.

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Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from structural warranty provider Build-Zone

Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from Build-Zone.

Operating as a separate company, it will be managed and run by Andy Butchers, an experienced and successful Building Surveyor and Loss Adjuster. The move will add another dimension to Build-Zone’s already well respected and positioned brand (structural warranty and insurance products for builders, developers and property owners).

One of Andy’s many roles will be to improve the whole ‘client experience’ and to add further products to the portfolio that will cater for self-builders, through to large corporate clients.   Andy has already been given a warm welcome within the industry and is committed to growing the brand and developing strong relationships with suppliers, clients and insurers.

Paul Kempton, Build-Zone Managing Director said:

“By retaining control of products and their supply to Build-Zone customers, as well as having in-house claims knowledge and capacity, Build-Zone Survey Services will make for an even better and more efficient process for all of our clients and insurers”.

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