A Neighbourhood Guide To Basement Construction In London
Basement construction has been quite the controversial ‘talk of the town’ in London for a while now. Many Londoners have been feeling quite put out by some less than considerate basement construction firms guilty of tactlessly working to increase space in London, without much thought on the effects their projects have on the surrounding community. As with any building project, there will always be a certain level of inconvenience near the local areas where a project is taking place.
The reputable experts at Knowles Basements fully appreciate the need to make a basement conversion project as quick and painless as possible – for everyone involved. It’s with this in mind, that we have come up with a quick, user-friendly guide for those who find themselves on either side of the basement conversion coin.
As with nearly every interaction – communication is key. If anything untoward or unacceptable is happening in the course of a basement conversion project, you should never feel you are unable to express these issues with either the contractor, homeowners or even both. An attentive basement construction company will always make time for the concerns and needs of those affected by the development. Any reputable basement construction firm will take difficulties seriously – always welcoming feedback and working alongside the entire community to make sure the process runs smoothly for everyone.
If however, you do unfortunately find yourself dealing with an unresponsive basement construction contractor, don’t lose hope… no one should suffer in silence. Take your matters to the local council and see what they can do to help ensure your quality of life is respected throughout the construction process.
Tell Your Neighbours
If you’re reading this because you yourself are either planning (or in the process of building) a basement extension in your property, you can never warn your neighbours soon enough. Nothing is worse for the people living closest to you, than to suddenly find themselves confronted with diggers and jackhammers at the break of dawn – and no clue what’s happening… or how long they will be expected to tolerate the inconvenience.
The construction specialists at Knowles Basements encourage an open and honest interaction with the local community, and suggest that anyone within earshot of a basement project site should be informed of the timeline, as well as schedules of possible noise or debris issues, well before a spade even enters the ground.
Keep It Tidy
Retrofitting a basement is no simple task and it goes without saying that it creates a lot of unsightly (or even dangerous) mess if not handled properly. If you’re seriously considering having a retrofit basement added to your home, make double sure that you hire a conscientious firm like Knowles Basements, who prioritises a spotless building site that makes life that little bit easier for the local area during the development process.
Stick To Business Hours
Nobody wants to be ripped from a deep sleep at 6:00am to a chorus of pneumatic drills. During the basement construction process, those in the vicinity will be fully aware of the noise levels that will happen from time to time, but there’s a limit on what people should be expected to reasonably endure. A mindful construction firm like Knowles Basements will stick to business hours, and make sure to keep their equipment and vehicles from causing any traffic flow issues for pedestrians, cyclists or cars during off hours as well.
If you’re thinking of adding or renovating a basement in your London home, but have concerns about the effect the project may have on your surrounding area, don’t worry. Speak with the seasoned professionals at Knowles Basements, to find out how smooth a basement construction process can really be.
To find out more about Knowles’ basement construction, contact us today.