Basement Conversion

Do you want to turn your damp, dank basement into something usable? The first step is making it waterproof.

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In recent years, properties with basements have increasingly been seen as a valuable asset. Basements can be used for all manner of things depending on their size, and a good basement conversion almost always provides a good return on investment when it comes to boosting property values. Given the current instability of the Scottish property market, the financial reward for developing your basement conversion ideas is plain to see.

Basement conversions are not all about boosting value though. If they are done well they can add an extra dimension to your property that will make it a happier home.

Consideration for your basement conversion

When people think about converting their basement they usually skip straight to the finishing touches - wallpaper, furniture entertainment and gadgets etc... However, before you accessorise your basement conversion, you really need to consider the following points:

Step 1 – Can you have a basement conversion?

Before considering a basement conversion, you need to find out if your basement or underfloor is suitable and draw up plans for your basement conversion. By organising a basement and cellar survey you will be able to get professional advice on the suitability of your basement for the project you have in mind. You will also gain a better insight towards building regulations and what work is really involved to take the basement conversion from plan to reality.

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Step 2 – Preparing your basement conversion

This might mean excavation to improve the height of your basement or extra development to make the foundations of your property safe for renovation. It could also mean having to employ modern basement waterproofing techniques if you are constructing your basement under a concrete floor rather than a traditional suspended timber floor.

Step 3 – Ensuring your basement conversion is water tight

The key to any basement conversion is waterproofing. Most basements have some sort of moisture issue, and this is where collaboration with experienced and qualified structural waterproofing experts is invaluable. If the basement waterproofing is not done correctly, water will get into your new basement.

You want to consider the type of basement waterproofing system that is most suitable for your project. This means thinking about wall waterproofing, water removal systems (like sump pumps) and drainage channels that your basement may require. The importance of this stage really cannot be stressed enough. Basements are so vulnerable to water ingress that any renovation without adequate waterproofing is likely to be doomed to a future of mould, musty smells, dampness and rot.

To find out more visit our webpage on basement waterproofing to watch our handy video.

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For more information on internal basement waterproofing, watch our handy video that explains how an internal basement waterproofing system can be tailored and fitted for you.

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Step 4 – Finishing your basement conversion

Finishing really depends on what you are going to use your newly converted basement for. You will likely need to consider plumbing and electrical alterations to make the basement habitable.

The finished look of your basement might include waterproof floor tiles or waterproofing carpet tiles for a comfortable and homely touch.

If you are looking for inspiration, you can always visit our basement conversion ideas web page.

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Step 5 – Sit back and enjoy your converted basement

The fun part. Relax, put your feet up and unwind. Your basement conversion project is now complete.

Speak to a basement specialist

A basement conversion is certainly not an easy project. It is a highly specialised job that can easily go wrong. 

At Wise Basement Systems, we are basement specialists. If you are considering a basement conversion, call our basement team today on 0808 256 4538contact your local branch or click to contact us online using our contact form for help or advice.

Alternatively, click to organise a basement & cellar survey.

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