Whilst in the past people have tended to want to add additional bedrooms for a growing family, the modern home owner wants to add an extra dimension of functionality in addition to the normal living and sleeping. This can be for recreation, or work, a home cinema, gym, playroom or pad or a home office or meeting room for business colleagues. Now whilst a loft conversion is suitable for additional bedrooms, not so for the third dimensional living space.
The utilities kitchen, dining room should always be on the ground floor, as this is where the shopping comes in and the garbage goes out – and we don’t want to have to carry all that up and down stairs. Neither do we want to have to descend two flights of stairs rather than one in the morning when we want our first coffee, or breakfast, so the bedrooms are best kept on the first floor, just one flight away from the kitchen.
Our third dimensional living space also wants to be just one flight of stairs away from the utilities, imagine going all the way down from the loft to get your guests a coffee or a milkshake! Neither do we want our visitors to have to go past our most private rooms – our bedrooms – to get to the home office or cinema or whatever. So by having the third story in the basement and the bedrooms on the first floor we achieve all this, everything within easy reach of the kitchen and no need to trespass past sleeping children to get there.
Noise is another consideration. Cinemas, music rooms and teenage pads can be quite noisy and the basement is a good area for soundproofing and is the farthest away from the bedrooms so there are compelling lifestyle reasons to have the ‘third floor’ in the basement rather than on top. Find more information on Cellar Conversions here.