Abtech Basements has provided a step-by-step guide explaining what must be considered when having a basement installed in your home.
Firstly you must decide whether or not you will need to enlarge the building – if you do need to then you will require planning permission.
If you do not need to enlarge the building then planning permission isn’t necessary. However, as some development rights have been removed from a few properties it is always good to contact your local planning authority before proceeding.
For listed buildings, consent may be required.
Things to consider are:
Is the building adequately built to allow the conversion to take place? The ideal basement has solid, strong soils, and the building’s foundation or footings must be placed on solid ground or undisturbed soil. There should never be settlement cracks and the basement must be waterproof.
To prevent interior air from contracting cold basement surfaces, basement walls must be insulated with non-water sensitive insulation.
Depending on what you are using your basement for it may be worth considering if you need to soundproof your basement. For instance, if you are planning on using drums or any instruments in there, soundproofing would be beneficial.
Fire safety is important throughout your home, having smoke alarms in your basement could help save your life in the event of an emergency.
It is of utmost importance that you get your electrical wiring checked as part of Building Regulations.
It is worth considering installing a heating system in your basement if you intend to spend a lot of time there, otherwise you will be cold during the winter.
A party wall agreement may help prevent disputes when a wall is jointly owned by two neighbours.
It is important to get the correct type of damp system in place from the beginning to ensure that water and drainage do not ruin the basement. In addition, a dry basement is less likely to have pests or termites.
Having the right type of lighting is also important. You can utilise the natural light you already have, or opt for a certain style.
Contact Abtech Basements for further information on how to build a new basement for your home.
Schueco has announced the opening of its new London showroom office in a bid to expand the company’s London operation.Posted in Articles, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Exhibitions and Conferences, Posts, Windows
CMS Window Systems has substantially expanded its manufacturing operations, as it opens a new 8,500 square foot factory in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.Posted in Aluminium Products, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Doors, Plant, Equipment and Hire, Posts, Windows
GEZE UK has revised a piece of lifesaving learning, in the form of its popular RIBA-approved CPD that covers specifying, installing and maintaining ironmongery for fire doors.Posted in Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Building Services, Building Systems, Continuing Professional Development (CPD's), Doors, Health & Safety, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Posts, Security and Fire Protection, Seminars
When you’re in need of a scaffolding contractor NASC believes you should only ever employ the services of a member of the NASClondon.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Health & Safety, Roofs, Video of the Week