Trying to convert a cellar can often be problematic. A cellar is, according to the international Oxford Dictionary of English, a room that is below the ground level in a property and is often used for storing wine or coal. Hence, a cellar often comes with many specific features, like a constant cool temperature, that can make cellar conversion and cellar renovation more difficult. However, cellar conversions can be surprisingly straightforward with the help of advice from Basement Living.
Why could you benefit from an effective Cellar Conversion?
If your property has a cellar, as is especially likely if the property was built in the late 19th century or early 20th century, but you do not need to use it for its original purpose and so you want to use it for a different purpose, you could certainly benefit from effective cellar conversion and cellar renovation. You could, for example, turn the cellar into a comfortable and habitable living area including, modestly, extra bedrooms and living rooms or, ambitiously, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cinema rooms.
Why is it important to have effective waterproofing in Cellar Conversions?
Effective waterproofing is crucial to effective cellar conversions. Indeed, one big reason why more UK homeowners have recently been turning to such conversions is that many waterproofing methods and technologies have become more advanced and economically viable. One particularly effective modern method involves applying, without the requirement for much preparation to the walls provided that the substrate is appropriate, a Polyethylene sheet material called Cavity Drain Membrane.
This method of cellar waterproofing is better than using any cement based render, which can be much less reliable than it would have been in the past as water table levels increase and so lead to greater hydrostatic pressure on properties. Indeed, Cavity Drain Membrane provides further insulation value, not least due to its qualities of being vapour proof and impervious to water.
Before installation of such a membrane, a drainage provision will be installed that can ensure fast and effective evacuation of water ingress that stays under the membrane. Internal finishes of insulation and plasterboard or plaster and render products are also applied on front of the membrane to make the living area dry and effectively insulated. Provided that the system is aptly installed by an approved contractor and its drainage channels and pumps are maintained on an ongoing routine basis, the system should be capable of remaining as long as the property.