Converting a Cellar into a Living Space

A cellar conversion is a great way to increase the living space in your home. With a good cellar conversion, you not only gain a new living room or bedroom, but also increase the resale value of your home. In that sense, a cellar conversion is a great investment that will likely offer you a healthy return. There are some difficulties to cellar conversions, though. You need to be aware of these when choosing your builders.

Damp Basements

Many cellars, especially those that are actually underground, can be very damp. The dampness comes from water draining through the soil into your home. Though there might not be an actual leak, the dampness can still permeate into the room. Such leaks create a haven for mould and mildew. The best way to prevent that is with quality insulation and sump pumps. Builders in Devizes can help determine which pumps and insulation are right for your basement.

A sump pump is a simple device that pumps water out into your yard to keep your basement dry. You should ask a professional if that’s right for your cellar conversion.

Climate Control

Many cellars have concrete floors and walls. Those aren’t going to be very comfortable for walking around, and make it more difficult to maintain a constant temperature. Typically, insulation and new flooring can be installed over the existing concrete to make a more comfortable living space. Talking with a professional about your needs will give you a better idea of your options going forward.

Lastly, cellar climate control could depend on whether the cellar is on the central heating and air system or not. If it is not, you will have to consider expanding the central system or installing a localised climate control system. There are price implications to either choice. You have many options, and a professional can walk you through them.


 

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