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20/05/2010
Pinewood Refurbishment – ‘Build It’ Magazine

Pinewood - Build-it Magazine

The Big Idea – basement reconfiguration.

A recently completed basement reconfiguration project by Hyde + Hyde Architects has been featured in the June 10 issue of  ‘build it’ magazine. Titled: The Big Idea – basement reconfiguration. Photography by Hyde + Hyde.

Recommendations  from the article:

  • Converting an existing basement from storage use to habitable space does not usually require planning permission. However if you live in a listed or otherwise protected property, additional consents may be necessary. Costs for a straightforward project are comparable to loft conversions.
  • Some modest extensions and alterations can be completed under permitted development rights. This may allow you to lower the floor level of an existing cellar to increase floor-to-ceiling height, for example without obtaining planning permission – check with your local authority before proceeding.
  • If you’re constructing a new house on a sloping site, consider using the incline to your advantage. Building into the slope could give you an extra storey, and opening our the rear facade with glazed expanses or folding sliding doors at ground floor level will make the most of a gorgeous garden or countryside view.

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