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Linking Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

March 13, 2020

Summer is just around the corner. We know it doesn’t feel like it just yet, but truly, it’s only a couple of months away. But you don’t have to wait for the weather to change to enjoy your outdoor space.  

Have you considered how you can bring the feel of your outdoors, whether it’s a garden or a patio, inside, without having to step outside? 

This article in Houzz, shows you ways in which you can link your indoors with your outdoors giving you the best of both worlds.  

 

If you’d like some guidance on your home improvement project, give us a call on 02081917595. Or better still, book a FREE consultation with us and we’ll visit your property, discuss your ideas and share some of our recommendations with no obligation. 

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“Don’t Move…Improve” Contest Shortlist. London

March 6, 2020

Have a look at these incredible home renovation projects that were short-listed in the coveted 2020 “Don’t move, Improve” contest.  

There are 25 projects shortlisted to win this year’sDon’t Move, Improve!contest – an annual awards programme held by New London Architecture (NLA) to showcase “the ingenuity of residential design” in London. 

Have a look at the shortlist here 

 

If you’d like some guidance on your home improvement project, give us a call on 02081917595. Or better still, book a FREE consultation with us and we’ll visit your property, discuss your ideas and share some of our recommendations with no obligation. 

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Ashton Kutcher surprises his mom with …a basement 

Ashton Kutcher surprises his Mum with …a basement 

February 28, 2020

 

We love this story… it’s not only heart-tugging from a mother-son perspective, but for us, as specialist basement conversion experts, it’s even more exciting.  

 

With the help of Houzz and an interior designer, Ashton converted a dark, dingy space into something truly spectacular for his mother.  

 Read how and what he did with his parents’ basement in this article. 

 

 

And… if you’d like to see his detailed video diaries… Here they are…including his mum’s reaction to her fabulous new basement conversion.  

Surprising your mum with a new basement isn’t possible for everyone [Symbol], but have you thought of converting your basement into a space that you’ve always been dreaming of… perhaps a cinema room, a gym or even a swimming pool?  

If you’d like some advice and suggestions on how and where to start, give us a call. Basement conversion are ‘our’ thing. We’d be happy to have a chat … with absolutely no obligation… literally just a chat on what your options are. 

 

 

If you’d like some guidance on your home improvement project, give us a call on 02081917595. Or better still, book a FREE consultation with us and we’ll visit your property, discuss your ideas and share some o our recommendations with no obligation. 

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Basement Ventilation

How do I make sure my basement is well ventilated?

February 21, 2020

Ventilating your basement, whether you are in Fulham, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Wandsworth or anywhere in the London or the UK is one of the most important considerations when converting your basement into a habitable, living space.  

Basements, given their location in the property, are known to be damp, mouldy spaces, characterised by unpleasant odours and mildew and moisture problems.  

The science behind it is that moisture from the earth seeps into walls and floors. When this cold moisture collides with warmer basement air, condensation develops. Excessive condensation creates a musty smell and becomes a breeding ground for mould and mildew spores.  

According to the Basement Information Centre in the UK, building regulations require the provision of ventilation to all basements (heated or unheated) to adequately control moisture vapour, whether it is generated internally or brought through from the structure.  

Cross ventilation or passive stack ventilation are the most effective forms of natural ventilation although continuous mechanical ventilation may be required depending upon proposed use and internal arrangement of rooms. 

 

For spaces with anticipated high levels of humidity, such as utility rooms, bathrooms or gyms, mechanical ventilation is essential.  Ventilation should be directly applied to exposed external walls where possible i.e. not through the basement retaining walls.  

Stack ventilation is ventilation through a vertical vent duct and mechanical ventilation uses fresh, outdoor air. This type of system may be as simple as placing small window fans in opposite windows or as technical as installing an exhaust fan with ventilation pipe. Many homeowners opt for a mechanical ventilation because of the great flexibility and automation it provides.  

 

So, what are the key irritants that a good basement ventilation system combat? 

 

  1. Moisture 

Moisture in your basement air can be influenced by the outdoor air moisture, first-floor moisture, soil air moisture, and the HVAC systems connected to your house. 

You can generally tell if your basement has a high degree of moisture if it smells musky, damp, or just feels more humid than the rest of your home. If you are unsure, take a look at the walls, floors, and corners to check for moisture spots. You can also try to find any condensation on surfaces throughout the basement. 

A damp basement can lead to unpleasant smells and climate for mould growth. Moisture is the most common reason you should ventilate your basement, as nearly all homes in all climates are vulnerable to its effects. 

 

  1. Mould  

Mould can cause allergic reactions and pose a health hazard to the occupants of a home. 

The symptoms of mould can be hard to distinguish from common cold symptoms, so homeowners often don’t realise the extent of their mould problem until it has grown. 

 If anyone in your home has persistent congestion, throat irritation, coughing, or eye itchiness, it could be said mould might be the cause of the problem. 

 

Moisture solutions generally tend to work as mould solutions. It is important not only to clean up the current mould build-up but solve the moisture at the source. If the moisture is not resolved, this issue will keep on reappearing. Basement ventilation solves both moisture and mould problems at once by dispersing the air carrying them out of your home. 

 

  1. Radon 

Radon is a dangerous invisible toxic gas, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United Kingdom. The gas is released from the decomposition of uranium in soil and rocks, meaning basements are particularly susceptible to it. 

Most people are exposed to small amounts of radon all throughout the day, and basements as well as other underground structures are more prone to higher radon levels. Although it is rare to take the uranium out of the soil around the house, you can minimise its effects through proper ventilation. 

 

We understand that this can all get very technical. As basement conversion specialists, we make sure that this is not your problem.  

We take care of  ‘all things basements’ – Click on the link to download our Free Basement Conversion Guide where you’ll find some of our most inspired basement conversions and general advice and tips on what you could do for yours.  

Give us a call if you’d like to discuss your basement conversion plans. We can be contacted on 0208 191 7595 or email us at enquiries@sdabuildlondon.co.uk to discuss how we can help.  

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30 design ideas

30 Best House Design ideas for 2020

February 14, 2020

We absolutely love some of the ideas in this article in Homebuilding and Renovating.  If you’ve got a house renovation project on the horizon, a read-through of this piece is a must. 

 

Our favourite ones are: 

 

No. 2 – Opt for statement fret work 

No. 6 – Opt for all in one floor 

No 11 – Bedrooms with balconies 

No 17 – Create a mezzanine 

 

And some others… 

Which one’s are your favourites? Have you used any of these design ideas in your home? We’d love to hear all about it. 

 

If you’d like some guidance on your home improvement project, give us a call on 02081917595. Or better still, book a FREE consultation with us and we’ll visit your property, discuss your ideas and share some o our recommendations with no obligation. 

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