Convert an existing cellar or underground space into a usable basement room
Looking to gain an extra room or two for your house by extending downwards and converting an existing underground space? It may seem simple, but there can be some engineering challenges involved in retrofitting a basement. Any changes to an underground structure may undermine the foundations of the main property.
Therefore, you need to appoint a skilled structural engineer to inspect and survey your existing structure and ground conditions before going ahead with any retrofit work.
A common problem encountered is that the ceiling of an existing cellar is too low, creating a lack of headroom. This means the floor will need to be lowered. This involves ground surveys, foundation inspections, structural survey of the existing structure, and preparing plans for Building Regulations approval.
To find out more about a retrofit basement conversion talk to one of our engineers today.