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Illford resident reveals underground extension

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While most people tend to extend their homes outwards into the garden, one Ilford resident has decided to install hers under it instead.

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While most people tend to extend their homes outwards into the garden, one Ilford resident has decided to install hers under it instead. Unwilling to let go of her garden space above ground, bbc.co.uk reports that school teacher Marian Mayers decided she could optimise her living space by creating her 4x10-metre extension below the surface. "It's a bit of subterranean living in urban Ilford," Ms Mayers said, as she looked up through one of the room's two skylights - one of which is in the decking above and one in the middle of the lawn. The room - which is used as a play area for Ms Mayers' family - is similarly lit up by its own lighting system as well as the bullet-proof skylights. The space is well-ventilated and is plumbed into a mains system so that toilet waste can be removed. "It's soundproof as well, which is great when you've got five or six children in here. We've lost no garden at all upstairs and gained so much space downstairs. It's brilliant," she added. While the idea might be a novel one (or possibly give even a glimpse into the future of housebuilding), the extension cost a fair bit more than what average garden rooms might - at £120,000. Not surprisingly the local Redbridge Council said that it was one of the more unusual planning applications they'd seen. However, because of the lack of intrusion on other properties, it didn't have a problem in giving the project the go-ahead. Dailymail.co.uk previously reported on the 'basement extension' phenomena and one source it spoke to (John D Wood & Co lettings) said that for each square foot that costs £300 to create, a homeowner can expect to add £1,600 to £1,800 per sq ft to the overall value of the home.

Author:

Chris Taylor

27th September 2012