Basement Conversions

Basement Conversions

Many homeowners feel they need to make more room in their properties. Traditionally, such homeowners have responded by extending their properties outwards and upwards. However, recently, many such homeowners have instead, thanks to waterproofing methods and technologies having become more advanced and economically viable, opted for basement conversions. Here, we explain how you can achieve an effective basement conversion.

What are the common benefits of Basement Conversions?

There are many typical benefits of using a basement conversion to turn your basement into a comfortable and habitable living area. There are, for example, many different exciting possibilities with an effective basement conversion. Relatively modestly, you could use a basement conversion to create more space in your home’s main living areas and extra bedrooms and living rooms; alternatively, more ambitiously, you could use a basement conversion to create swimming pools, cinema rooms and gymnasiums.

With our help, any basement conversions can be achieved with relatively little expense or complications. We can, for example, help you to adhere to the number of relevant building regulations, as is necessary during basement conversion. If the structure’s form will not change during the conversion, you will not need planning permission for the change; however, you will need planning permission if you will be installing light wells or window egress due to creating more bedrooms.

How can effective Basement Conversions be achieved?

More conventional basement waterproofing methods like cement-based renders commonly called ‘basement tanking’ are becoming more unreliable as water table levels rise and so properties suffer from greater hydrostatic pressure.

A more modern and increasingly popular basement waterproofing method involves applying to walls a Polyethylene sheet material known as Cavity Drain Membrane. With a suitable substrate, the membrane can be directly applied, following little preparation; furthermore, it is vapour proof and impervious to water. This helps to lend it good insulation value.

Before the membrane is installed, a drainage provision should be installed. This provision should ensure speedy and effective evacuation of water ingress which is left behind the membrane. Later, internal finishes of insulation and plasterboard or plaster and render products should be applied in front of the membrane. This should put the finishing touches to a dry and effectively insulated living area; the system, provided that it has been appropriately installed by an approved contractor and is subject to ongoing routine maintenance of drainage channels and pumps, should be able to last as long as the property it has been installed in!