Nowadays people are looking at basement spaces in a variety of different ways. They can provide extra living space, and now many homeowners use them as a source of extra income. To make the most of an improved basement, you should think about adding a separate entryway for this space. This can be challenging when updating a basement in an older home. In many cases, as long as there is an understanding of the work and costs involved, it is achievable. This is a relatively simple prospect if you make it a part of the plans for a new home.
Using the Slope
Sloping lots can help in creating a basement entry in a new home build. A slope that goes down toward the rear retaining wall is suitable for a basic walk out basement. The foundation wall should generally above grade at the wall at the rear of the lot. A lot may have a slope, but this may still not be enough to accommodate the addition of a basement exit. One solution is to make an adjustment to the house plans for the base of the house to be slightly higher.
If your lot does not slope enough for you to add basement access there are units available that might work for your property. These units are ideal for basement remodeling for existing homes, so they are hardly used for new projects. The access point is usually a hatch door, and the unit is installed by cutting into the basement wall. These units are available from different manufacturers, so with some guidance from your contractor you will find one that suits your home and property.
Adding a Patio
Exterior basement access is a great addition, but the addition of a patio adds more value and beauty. This gives you more opportunities to enjoy your outdoor space. Important steps for this construction process include:
- Border layout
- Adding a retaining wall
Attaching a pergola to the house is a good idea as it can provide some much-needed shade on hot days. Your decorating options will be limited by the space you have, but some type of seating is a good idea. If you want to dine on a small patio, use a folding table that you can put away when it is not in use. Potted plants can add more color and warmth to the space. A pergola will make it easier to add lighting, but if you don’t have one, you can still find a number of suitable lighting options.
Call us at our Maryland office at 410-877-6112 or our Delaware office at 302-793-9352 to discuss adding basement access and an amazing patio. Summertime here on the east coast is pretty incredible when you have the right outdoor living areas to fit your lifestyle.