Garage & Cellar Conversion

January 21, 2016
Danny Bray
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Convert an existing redundant space to make the most of your property with a garage or cellar conversion


Garages and cellars are commonly left unutilised to their full potential. They can be converted:

  • Open plan kitchen diners
  • Office space
  • Playrooms for expanding families
  • Or just a clean and dry space for organised storage.

We have the ability to transform damp and dejected spaces or replan your living/working space to incorporate previously redundant spaces and create spectacular interiors.

“Walls and floors in rooms below ground level are subject to lateral damp penetration by either hydrostatic pressure or capillary action. However using specialist basement waterproofing techniques, basements, cellars and vaults can be transformed into habitable accommodation adding value to your property”

Most families yearn for extra space as an inbuilt requirement in today’s modern world. Generally the initial reaction is to consider moving to a bigger and generally far more expensive home, with the built in stress and heartache that such a move brings.

There is a growing band of home owners that are utilizing the space they already have, by converting dank and dingy cellars and basements into bright and cosy additional rooms instead.

Extending your home to provide more space is always an option, but ultimately there will be a significant loss of external space.

Practically, for your average household, converting your cellar or basement can add as much if not more space to your home as extending upwards into the loft, or going out over surrounding land.

A dry, comfortable basement/cellar conversion is a great asset to add to your home with the countless uses. So just think for a moment, what would you use the extra living space for:

  • Home office
  • Additional bedroom
  • Child’s playroom
  • Home cinema
  • Living rooms
  • Wine storage
  • Games room
  • Kitchen

Garage Conversion

The opportunities and potential don’t end with a cellar conversion. Garages too can be given a new lease of life. Many of us are guilty of using our garage as a convenient ‘storage’ space for old possessions and belongings from a bygone era, which is fine until this spirals out of control and our garages are no longer used for sheltering our cars but descend into a graveyard of unwanted dated items. Instead think of the possibilities your garage is bursting with.

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A playroom room could be on the cards, allowing you to keep an eye on youngsters while you do household jobs, if you opt to keep the converted garage open or adjoining your kitchen. Or how about a second living room for your older kids to have their own space to relax in – giving you some peace and quiet! If you preferences lean more towards a home gym or spare room your converted garage could embody these too!

Conversions are possible no matter what type of garage you own, from a garage attached to your main home- which may have a bedroom on top of it-where conversions are easier as they can often be accessed from inside the house, to detached garages, which still hold potential to be transformed into a living space. For detached garages you are more likely to have to apply for planning permission but the construction company you hire should be able to advise you, as our team at Brays Building Services are happy to.

What’s more by adding to your floorspace you spare your garden from being taken over by more brickwork plus adding extra living space by utilising areas like your garage can add up to 10% extras value to your property, making considering a conversion a no-brainer!

Before your garage is converted it needs to be underpinned by effective ventilation and structural stability, as well as being checked by a professional for damp and suitable insulation to make for safe, healthy and comfortable living for occupants. Our team diverse and dynamic skilled team at Brays Building Services are experts in checking and combating all this issues before brining your garage conversion to life, ensuring quality and viability every step of the way.

Cellar Conversion – Damp Proofing

Whatever your choice the critical point is that habitable space must be dry!

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One of the most important factors with any cellar or basement project is making sure the waterproofing choice and its application is correct.

Structural waterproofing below ground level is a specialised operation and should be carried out by professionals having the right level of understanding as to what is required and experience in the conversion of existing basements.

Bray Building Services specialise in damp-proofing and structural waterproofing and are an approved contractor of ‘Sovereign’ and ‘Triton’ who’s qualified professionals are at hand to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise required for your basement conversion.

So what systems are available? ’Many‘ is the answer but all systems will fall into one of three categories as defined in BS8102 – 2009. These are:

Type A – Tanked Protection

The application of a bonded waterproofing system. Commonly referred to as Tanking.

These types of system are designed to wholly prevent physical ground water from penetrating the structural walls and floors. Typical products used to provide Type A protection are liquid applied membranes such as epoxy or bitumous products, self-adhesive sheet systems and cementitious compounds.

Type B – Integral Protection

This form of waterproofing relies upon the structure itself to form a water resistant shell to resist ground water penetration. Typically Type B forms are constructed using specially designed concrete incorporating steel reinforcement. Walls and floors are structurally linked with waterbars placed at construction joint detail.

Traditionally Type B is created in larger scale commercial and civil development, however we are seeing an increased use in new domestic construction.

Type C – Drained Protection

The principle of this form of waterproofing is to allow ground water to penetrate the structure so not to allow hydrostatic pressure build up. This method manages penetrating water by guiding it to an internal drainage system via a sealed isolating dimpled sheet membrane and directing it to a suitable discharge point outside of the building.

For expert advice from Bray Building Services:

Call us on 01484 911 191, email or fill in the form below for a call-back.