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.
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
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
Sky Tunnel depending upon the configuration of your
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.