What are the benefits of converting my Basement ?Basement conversions are a viable option to relocating your family to another house. They not only add considerable value to your existing home but also dramatically improve the quality of life for many families, create a granny flat or a guest room with en-suite bathrooms with ease.
PracticalityPerhaps you could use a walk in wet room or utility room in your home but just do not have the available space then a basement conversion is the perfect solution. Most people dream about creating extra space, but think about adding value in the long term both of which are the direct results of converting your basement or loft
Be sensible when employing a contractor to convert your basement!The single most important factor with any basement conversion project is ensuring that the tanking process (waterproofing) is handled in a correct professional manner by competent trained persons. The waterproofing of a structure below ground level is a specialist application it should only ever be undertaken by trained qualified operatives, the tanking of the Basement is the single most important element of the build as it is the very foundation on which all other elements of the build rely on.
There are several types of Waterproofing Systems which do I choose?Waterproofing guidance and advice is laid out in BS8102:2009, the industry recognized Code of Practice for the protection of below ground structures against the ingress of water from the surrounding ground. This code categorises the different forms of waterproofing available into three types: Type A (Barrier) protection: This form of waterproofing is dependent on a separate barrier system applied to the structure, often referred to as tanking, it involves the application of an appropriate waterproofing barrier to the walls, base floor and where required, the ceiling of a below ground structure. Effectively providing an internal barrier deflecting water ingress into the building. The procedures and systems utilised by Grand Designs Construction when tanking a Basement Conversion have been thoroughly vetted over time to provide outstanding results first time every time. Type B (structurally integral) protection: This is provided by the structure itself. Type C (drained) protection: This method is achieved by diverting the ingress of water into the building into a central draining point, it requires the use of an adequate internal water management system. Utilizing a dimpled, flexible, high density polymer sheet membrane which is applied against the internal face of a structure it is designed to intercept water penetrating the structure, and directing any water ingress to a suitable drainage facility, a factor of which this system is wholly reliant. The Cheshire Damp Cavity Drainage Membrane System will provide Type C protection in accordance with BS8102.
Do I require planning permission to convert my basement?You will generally not require planning permission when converting your basement, however there are exceptions where the planned works may affect the external appearance of the building or the building being worked on is a listed or national trust building or located within a conservation area. If you are unsure as to your particular obligations under planning law then it is advisable to consult with your local planning office to ensure that you are meeting your requirements if any on all builds prior to commencing works, after all it is much better to be safe than sorry.
Do I need to consider Building Regulations when converting my basement?Certain Building Regulations will apply to you when converting your basement. The regulations may apply to areas such as:
- Fire Escape Routes.
- Adequate ventilation and Air circulation.
- Correct and proper Ceiling Heights.
- Electrical Installation.
- Water Supply.
- Underpinning and foundation works.