A cellar is, according to the international Oxford Dictionary of English, in a house, a room that is beneath ground level and frequently used to store wine or coal. It is clear, then, why you could benefit from cellar conversion in your property. You could, for example, free up space in other parts of your house by moving items like wine or coal from there to a cellar. However, there are many other reasons why, with help from Basement Living, you could benefit hugely from high quality cellar conversion.
Just some of the typical benefits of good cellar construction
Many builders and architects have increasingly turned to cellar conversions due to the high prices and increasing strain on land stock that has deterred them from using other methods of extending and increasing properties. Indeed, cellar conversions can help to effectively increase potential living space in new properties without taking up substantial space on the surrounding area. However, for cellar conversions to do this, it is crucial that they are undergone effectively.
This is because there are many different aspects of an effective construction of a cellar. For example, it is crucial that a cellar is built to remain at a constant cool, but not freezing, temperature all year round. It might also be crucial to build a cellar with a small opening or form of air ventilation that can help to eliminate damp or stale air.
Tips for achieving high quality cellar construction
One especially crucial aspect of high quality cellar construction is high quality cellar waterproofing. Naturally, ensuring such waterproofing necessitates knowledge of what is not high quality cellar waterproofing. It is important, for example, to consider failures in externally applied cellar waterproofing systems like bitumous sheet bonding and liquid applied membranes. Such systems can be difficult to repair once they have been damaged.
The form of cellar waterproofing that we would particularly recommend involves installation of an internally applied Cavity Drain Membrane. A Cavity Drain Membrane and drainage system is not only a cellar waterproofing system that we would consider especially effective; it is also endorsed by NHBC and is widely considered the easiest such system to maintain and remediate.
It is also possible to apply a Cavity Drain Membrane externally. Furthermore, when an external land drain is added and positioned correctly, this can help to remove water from surrounding the cellar structure and relieve a head of water that forms against the structure.