When a basement extension goes wrong...
A basement extension can be a great way to add living space, a new, bedroom, games room, office or gym, for example. The attached photos sent to us by an LABC member show what can go wrong.
This started life as an expensive basement extension in Knightsbridge, London:
The owner had followed the correct protocol in hiring a structural engineer to create a plan for the underpinning of the structure, the purpose of which was to ensure that this crucial work was done in the right sequence.
However an over-enthusiastic builder decided not to follow the sequencing and as a consequence the clay soil rotated or shifted, leading to a total collapse of the rear extension above the intended extension.
Thankfully nobody was hurt in this instance, but it did lead to a complete rebuilding of the rear extension.
The lesson learned? On the part of the builder, the importance of following the correct sequence as laid out by a qualified structural engineer, and for the homeowner, choose the people you work with on your home improvement project as carefully as possible (following our advice below).
Submitted 8 months ago
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