Basement can prove to be an ideal place for a kitchen, the way they have constructed lends themselves well to them, especially in a city like London
Basement can prove to be an ideal place for a kitchen, the way they have constructed lends themselves well to them, especially in a city like London. For example, usually, basement floors are made of concrete, which is great for heavy equipment. You can keep your washing machines, dishwashers on its floor. And, the rooms tend to be square, it makes it effortless to the layout. Another benefit of having a kitchen in your basement is that it can keep in the smells and the noise.
While constructing a basement kitchen, you should think about several things like drainage, ventilation, and utility points. Ideally, your basement should be nearest to your drainage system. It means your sink and the waste pipes may run through your basement wall easily.
However, the provision of ventilation could be challenging in a basement kitchen. You’ll need to put in either an air vent or a ventilation shaft to ensure proper ventilation in your basement kitchen. You will also require an extractor fan to banish those smells.
Usually, basements have easy access to electricity and gas points. It’s also not a bad idea to keep your boiler inside of one of your kitchen cupboards. It uses less power when put in the basement and also keeps it out of the way.
However, one drawback to a basement kitchen is that they can be prone to flooding. You’re particularly at risk if you live in a flood-prone area. So, you should assess the possible financial and cosmetic effects that a flood may cause to your basement kitchen. For instance, you can consider purchasing a cheaper kitchen appliance so you can replace them if the need arises. Besides, you can ensure any costly equipment and items are covered in your property and contents insurance policy.
Usually, basements are not known to be bright rooms with air flowing. However, there are ways to get natural light into your basement kitchen. Putting in a window will extract some natural light if you have an exterior wall. Yet another option is light wells. These can be both internal and external. For instance, you may install a skylight or a Velux window into the ceiling, or you may have a walkable glass floor like the roof. Each option provides natural light and a design feature that will impart your property to an exquisite style. Another design alternative that may bring plenty of light into a basement room is erecting a glazed staircase. If your basement is located on the dark side, you may choose to fix mirrors in strategic points to help to reflect what light you have.
We have already discussed the viable options regarding a basement kitchen. Now is time to discuss the design options. Simply, a basement kitchen does not have to be drastically different from an average kitchen. However, there are some specific design features that will work better if in a basement kitchen, like:
· A wine cellar.
· Large kitchen islands and dining tables.
· Under stair storage.
· Basement kitchen usually keeps noise in, so you can have friends over till late or blending milkshakes at any time of the day or night without worrying about waking up the rest of the house
One critical aspect of the basement conversion is the potential of falling out with your neighbours for which party wall agreement is the most viable solution. It is essential to ensure that any underpinning is carried out safely. Due to general misperception regarding basements, people tend to consider it a dangerous project.
Here are some steps you should know before embarking on your London basement conversion project to make it a viable undertaking.