To increase value and make more space, more-and-more homeowners are looking for ways to extend their homes. Often, this means building outwards or getting a loft conversion. One of the more overlooked options is to get a cellar conversion.
Thanks, in part, to better and more cost-effective waterproofing methods, many homeowners are starting to look towards their cellar as a great option for expanding their home.
Let’s discuss some of the benefits of damp proofing and how you can convert your cellar.
What Are the Benefits Of a Cellar Conversion?
There are several key benefits to getting a cellar conversion in your property. These include:
Increases the square footage of your property giving you additional living space
- Improves the value of your home
- Makes good use of a space that was previously unused
- Adds to the salability of your home
- Lets you rent out extra space
In addition to these benefits, you’ll also be able to maximise the potential for your existing space. By moving one of your rooms down into the basement, you’ll be able to free up some of your above-ground space.
Alternatively, you could use your basement for something a bit more ambitious such as to house a swimming pool, a gym, or a cinema.
With the right help, you can convert your basement without breaking the bank and without complication. You’ll also get help sticking to building regulations.
The structure of the space won’t change during the conversion so you won’t need to get planning permission, however, if you’re creating more bedrooms through the conversion, you will need to apply for planning permission.
How to Damp Proof a Cellar Conversion
As the water table rises and properties experience an increase in hydrostatic pressure, conventional basement waterproofing techniques such as cement-based renders become unreliable.
A method that is becoming more popular when it comes to waterproofing involves applying a polyethylene Cavity Drain Membrane. With the right substrate, the membrane can be applied directly. This will be vapour proof and waterproof. It also helps with insulation.
Before installing the membrane, it will be essential to install drainage. Later, insulation and plasterboard can be applied in front of the membrane. This helps create a dry area that can be lived in.
Enjoying Your Cellar Conversion
Once your waterproofing system has been installed, your cellar conversion will be ready to enjoy and should last as long as the property as long as the damp proofing has been installed by a suitable contractor and undergoes routine maintenance of your drainage channels.
Get in touch today to learn more about damp proofing a cellar conversion.