Basement & Cellar Construction
Many people are eager to have more space in their homes, but simply do not consider moving house a financially practical option. Many such people therefore opt to create more space underneath the ground level of their homes through basement and cellar construction. Basement and cellar construction can certainly help the government to meet the new growth targets that it has outlined in the Housing Green Paper in July.
What are the common benefits of Basement & Cellar Construction?
Constructing a basement, a cellar or both of these can have many benefits. A cellar or basement construction can, for example, help you to create more space in your home while creating a new space that can serve a very unique and helpful purpose in the property. A basement construction can provide comfortable spaces in which to relax, unwind and play games, while a cellar can provide ideal storage spaces for food and tools. Basement and cellar construction can also help you to meet density requirements while passing planning permissions, as the height of homes can sometimes be restricted by planning.
In the past, many people have been deterred from basement and cellar construction due to fears relating to the financial cost of construction and the possibility of leaks. However, today, thanks to improving construction techniques and waterproofing technologies, the long term costs to homeowners of not constructing a basement or cellar are often actually greater than the long term costs of constructing one!
What tips are there for achieving high quality Basement & Cellar Construction?
Traditionally, masonry and concrete have often been used for basement and cellar construction. However, materials used for such construction today more commonly include sheet or contiguous piles and modular units. Particular training and skills are required for people who seek to carry out basement and cellar construction using such materials. This is especially necessary for an end product which meets the specification and the expectations of the customer.
Especially effective waterproofing methods during basement and cellar construction include new build water proofing and using construction materials like Insulated Concrete Formwork, otherwise known as ICF, which enable the higher insulation levels which can make possible savings on energy costs. Other such methods include installing Rain Water Harvesters, which can make basement structures more eco-efficient. Today, thanks to advancement in waterproofing technologies, Wykamol basement contractors often issue 10-year insurance guarantees for their workmanship and, according to BBA approval documents, our cavity drain membrane products can last as long as the structure.