The house is not big; 4.60 m wide by 8.80 deep. I propose to add a metre at the back, enough to place a staircase there and create a large window, stretching from the basement to the ground floor. The new staircase should change the dynamics of movement in this Belgian two-up, two-down.
The second trick to make the basement feel brighter and airier, is by raising the ceiling. The room above has a high ceiling compared to its floor print. Raising the floor would re-dimension it. I am also suggesting to create an open space between the ground floor and the basement, again to let more light in the basement.
This project will take shape in 2015; more to come on my website!