Retrofitting a basement is one of the best investments in your home. You can use it for so many different purposes (*cough* man-cave) and can fit a range of different things (pool table and bar fridge). So, due to their amazing versatility as living spaces, there’s no wonder why you’d jump at the chance of retrofitting a walk-out basement. In this post, we’ll outline the requirements and benefits of retrofitting a walk-out basement.
Retrofitting a basement is awesome, but you’ve got to make sure your house is suitable for it before you get the excavators round.
- Natural slope
Having a naturally sloped block with a space for your basement to be built is one of the first requirements of fitting an existing home with a basement. This allows for your basement to be easily accessed when complete. Houses that aren’t on sloped blocks can’t really be retrofitted with a walk-out basement; houses on flat land are more suited to a regular dug-out basement.
- Basement construction expert
Even the best of handymen should leave this job for the foundation experts. Retrofitting a walk-out basement requires the right machinery and foundation-laying skills to safely get the job done.
Benefits of retrofitting a basement
Like we said before, there’s no better place for a home theatre or arts studio (man-cave or home gym) than a walk-out basement. Here are some mighty benefits of retrofitting a walk-out basement in your home:
- Cheaper and easier to construct than a regular basement
A dug-out basement needs extensive excavation and requires a stairwell to be constructed, whereas constructing a walk-out basement is relatively straightforward. Dug-out basements tend to be costlier because of the extra work.
- Optimising the block of land
Retrofitting a basement maximises your land’s potential. If you’re building on a slope, then the space underneath the home is going to be unused anyway, so you might as well put it to good use and build the billiards room you deserve.
- Natural light
One of the best things about walk-out basements is that they’re better-lit than dug-out basements as it’s possible to install windows. This makes them ideal for bedrooms, second living rooms and home gyms.
- Increased value to your home
A walk-out basement is a huge bonus in the eyes of potential homebuyers. It’s a versatile space and can be used for so many different purposes. Due to its adaptability, all homebuyers will be able to see the value of having a walk-out basement, for whatever purpose they desire.
Don’t sit around and wait for the pool room of your dreams to be built… contact the team at Techniblock to make it happen! Techniblock are Victoria’s most skilled foundation construction team, specialising in retrofitting walk-out and dug-out basements. Reap the benefits of an entirely new space in your home and get in touch with Techniblock to do it.