What to do before converting your cellar

Cellar conversion, General

Maybe you’ve always wanted your own wine cellar or maybe you really like the idea of building your own den. Maybe you’ve simply ran out of room to extend and renovate anywhere else. Cellars add extra space to your house, and that space is normally quite big, due to a cellar tending to span underneath the entire downstairs. Wine cellarSo what to do first? Well, it’s going to be hard work and it’s going to test your patience, but it’ll all be worth it. Here’s what you need to know:

First of all, you need to check whether or not you need planning permission. If you don’t check this, then you could lend up having to either pay a hefty fine, or you might have to put the cellar back to what it was like before. Either way it’s going to be a pain! However, it’s likely that you won’t need planning permission as you’re simply changing an existing space, but still, it’s best to make sure, just in case!

The next step is to check the building regulations with your local authority building control and to get approval off them.You need the okay before you do anything, even if planning permission isn’t needed.

Before you can go any further, you now need to decide what exactly the room is going to function as. This probably won’t take you too long as you probably had something in mind before you even considered the possibility of converting, but still, think through everything thoroughly. It’s a good idea to speak to your family too in order to make sure that the space really will work for you all.

You then need to think about how much you’re willing to spend on your cellar conversion, as this can greatly affect what work you’re able to do. Be realistic, and aim to over budget so you’re not caught out.

Remember that you need to sort out practicalities like plumbing, electricity and ventilation. You’ll need to make sure that you have enough plug sockets, and you’re likely to want to get internet down there! Good ventilation is a necessity to help prevent damp, something which can be a very common problem in cellars.

One of the last things to consider is the insulation. As the cellar is below ground level, it can get cold, and again, there can be issues with damp. Good insulation will make a huge difference so remember to get it sorted.

We hope this has given you some things to mull over, and just think, now you know the basics, the rest should come together quite easily!

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