I am looking at a basement scheme for a client. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a scheme with a lot of potential – 30m2 of it to be precise, but if you are thinking of a basement scheme the first question you need to answer is “how much will this cost?”. To help find out the answer I have drawn up a sketch scheme and me and the builder will go round on Tuesday after school to have a look. Compared to going up, going down is very expensive and the first cost to establish is what will it cost to move the muck? I am guessing about £250 per cubic meter. We need to move about 26m3, so that should be about £6.5K. Sounds like a lot of money for a man with a barrow and a skip – but there’s a little bit more to it than that. The experts will explain it all to me next week. *For those watching at home, don’t forget the cost of the build as well!