Referring to creating a new room, rather than converting an existing one, this is just not one of those jobs that even the most experienced DIY person should go anywhere near as disaster (and I mean disaster) lurks just around the corner – just ask these unfortunate people:
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These 2 are just the most recent “high profile” instances of things going horribly wrong – with reports of incompetent construction workers being to blame.
If you are serious about creating a new basement room, then you have to be prepared to spend both time & money getting experienced professionals to assess the project thoroughly beforehand. Do extensive research for a competent construction team that has “hands on” experience & track record in this specific type of home improvement.
“How a Basement extension can cost more than just money?” It can cost you your home, your health & deliver an unbelievable amount of stress & heartache.
Both of these unfortunate families have lost their homes – one of which has fully collapsed and the other will need to be demolished. Not only have the owners lost their homes, the neighbours’ properties will also have suffered damage and had their lives severely disturbed.
The “least you should do” checklist
It’s not the purpose of this article to scaremonger, but merely as a reminder of the benefits of doing the job right.
As my mum used to say:
Always work with a professionally certified contractor