Beautiful Basements was contacted and asked to advise on a conversion of a sealed off, inaccessible basement under house that was part of a Royal Hunting Lodge in Melton owned by the Royal Family.

Due to its history and pedigree the house and ground were listed and careful planning and preparation was required to ensure the exterior look and feel of the building was maintained.

When Craven Court was developed from dilapidated school to private residence the basement was left alone, Beautiful Basements came in and transformed the basement from damp white washed walls and brick vaulted ceiling to a beautiful family entertaining area. It also included remodeling parts of the ground floor to also for internal access to the basement and the moving of a utility room and downstairs bathroom.

All of the internal walls have been left open, exposing the original bare brick, as have the vaulted ceilings, giving the space a unique look. To allow for access to the basement an internal staircase has been opened up from the ground floor, directly into the kitchen, and an external staircase and two, full height light wells to allow both emergency escape and natural light within the basement.

The conversion has been deliberately completed with inbuilt flexibility for future uses. With the addition f a door to the games room the space can be transformed into a self contained flat, with separate external entrance, with bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom.

The Challenges

Conversion of unused basement area in an old royal hunting lodge into a stylish cinema, bar, kitchen and games room.

Project Details

Basement Conversion in Grade II listed building into stylish cinema, games and entertainment rooms

Location: Melton Mowbray
Completed: 2015
Architect: Dick Post, Architectural Ideas

Project Description

Location:Melton Mowbray
Year Completed:2015
Architect:Dick Post, Architectural Ideas