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What could you do …and how would you use your basement to add value to your home?

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

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We, at Mint, of course, have wide-ranging expertise in all and every kind of home extension and renovation. We are based in Cheltenham, where basement renovations and extensions of all types and kinds of uses are in fair demand right now - and have been throughout the pandemic.

For sure, a basement space can be ‘all kinds of everything’ to homeowners and we have been involved in most of the options - a new kitchen ..home office … music room… extra sitting room …home cinema …a self contained mini-flat for a teenager…a playroom for the kids ..extra bedroom..and so on ….and so on.

vital extra space

All of these types and styles of basement ‘conversions’ and renovations are for sure valuable spaces, which can essentially boost the facilities and use of a home, and also achieve essential added value to a property, so vital in these days of scary rising home prices.

adding value

For sure, basement improvement can realistically add all kinds of varied room spaces to a home. Spotted online from those experts at Real Homes, (namely Hebe Hatton and Holly Phillips), we found information on a number of very well-presented basement projects - all excellent ideas… and certain to add value to any home.

expert guidance

The Real Home experts offer this key guidance “Looking for basement ideas to turn that unused space under your home into something incredible is a very positive idea right now. Perhaps you want an extra bedroom for guests or a stylish place to entertain ….or a cute den-like living room, in which to watch movies? Whatever your basement dreams, leaving it as a dingy dungeon or dumping ground for holiday paraphanaliaand ski-equipment is a waste of valuable square footage! Why not create extra living space for your home instead?

Quite right! The Real Homes team point out that the right basement conversion will indeed boost the size of your home whether you have to excavate to create it or remodel the space you have and improve that to make it a truly worthwhile usable new general living area.

space footprint

Real Homes indicate further that a basement can double the area of your living space if you convert the whole area under the footprint of the ground floor’ Explains Rosie Caley, design director, The Oxford & London Building Company - “The basement of course is so ideal for buildings that are terraced and provide little opportunity for ground floor extensions. Good too for families who want a nanny annex, or permanent accommodation for a parent to live with them, or indeed to also create facilities older houses don’t often have, like utility rooms. If you want you can even invest in more indulgent luxury spaces such as a wine cellar, gym, cinema room, or even a pool and spa, a basement is perfect for all of that too .'

valuable basement ideas

Here follows plenty of ideas to show the many ways you can utilise a valuable basement space. All practical advice is on offer too, including basement re-modeling and development needs and ideas….Check here -

(Image credit: Melinda Kelson O'Connor Design; Photo: Wendy Concannon)

First as an example as above …a stylish fun atmospheric reading nook idea. for book lovers. Say Real Homes .. “A proper curl-up and switch-off space with a plethora of plump, soft, and super squishy scatter pillows, an ambient reading light, and open shelves or a DIY bookshelf, stacked with a library of super literary choices”

cosy niche

Mindy O’Connor of Melinda Kelson O’Connor Design says: ‘Look for clever workarounds of mechanical systems or ductwork in finished basement spaces. This cozy niche for reading or lounging was created around some existing mechanical and structural elements. Also, practically speaking, the seating area can also double as a twin-sized guest bed, with a mattress tucked under the custom cushions, that can be used for overflow house guests or late nights” ……Nice ideas eh?

(Image credit: Buster + Punch)

A further Real Homes basement idea that caught our eye was one with a Rock ‘n and Roll lifestyle….no really!! …ideal - add the experts - for perhaps an after-party chill-out zone. Check it out above here… for the details …bar cart….moody lighting ….prized iconic wall mounted framed artworks… and a state of the art retro relevant built in music system - the Bespoke Bar made from American Walnut, by fashion-forward Buster + Punch,

basement ‘added value’

So, there we are ….What can your basement be I wonder? Whatever you have in mind, we at Mint can help you with your basement build and refurb plans. And remember, this means you too can add essential value to your home in these days of ever rising home prices. The current watchword is - adding value now …means a more financially viable home for you and yours in the future….or as we at Mint see it these days…….Extend Now and Move Later!!

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your new home extensions or renovation ideas and plans . We can also assist with 2022 and 2023 priority planning and project organisation of all kinds.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend all areas of your home - including the basement - for more energy saving ‘liveability’ and increased future sales value. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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