Cellar & Basement Conversion

A cellar conversion is an ideal way to add additional space to your home. Unlike a house extension or a loft conversion there are several factors that need to be taken into account when converting a basement. Before starting a project of this kind the available area needs to be planned out and a clear idea of what the new room will be used for must be ascertained.

If a WC or washroom is going to be included the most important consideration is how the waste will be connected to the existing sewer. In most cases this waste water will need to be pumped - this can be done using a Saniplus Macerator Pump that connects to a toilet, washbasin or shower.

Another factor that is particular to a basement renovation is the question of tanking. This ensures that the cellar is completely free of damp and water ingress prior to being fitted out and decorated. Jewson supply all the materials required to do this including waterproof membranes, specialist cement and plasterboard.

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In order to convert the cellar, building regulations will be required and in some cases so will planning permission. Before starting the project submit a pre-application form to your local planning authority or visit their website for further guidance. This is always good practice as it will ensure that you are completely abreast of all the statutory requirements for the job in hand.

If the current access to the basement is unsuitable a bespoke staircase can be incorporated into the design. This can become a real statement piece that will add panache and style to the finished room. Natural light can be funneled into the cellar using a Sola Sky Tunnel depending upon the configuration of your property.

Our Self Build team can offer a wealth of help and guidance on every part of your project from materials to technical advice. In addition we have over 600 sites up and down the country which means everybody has a local Jewson branch.

For many of the jobs involved in a cellar conversion home owners often consider taking projects on such as joinery, brickwork and plumbing. However for more specialist areas outside of even the best DIY expertise such as the electrics and any structural work a professional tradesperson should be consulted.

There are many ways to convert an old basement into a vibrant living space that will become a real asset to your home. Regardless of whether you are building an entire house, or converting a cellar of loft, the first step in your journey should be to open a Jewson Self Build credit account. This can provide you with up to £20,000 credit, whilst giving you the service and advice you'll need to complete your project.

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