Cellar conversion services in Saltaire
Homeowners in Saltaire will be well aware that space is at a significant premium in the charmingly compact Victorian terraces that line the village streets. Cosseted by the protective umbrella of UNESCO World Heritage status, Saltaire property is for the most part Grade 2 listed, striking fear into the hearts of the hardiest property developers.
Although the rules for conversion and development are stricter for listed properties, we at Pure Basement Systems have completed numerous cellar conversions on Grade 2 listed properties before (such as this home in York). So if your Saltaire property is suffering from damp issues, you don’t have to live with it. Pure Basements can help.
Saltaire properties and cellar conversions
The vast majority of terraces in Saltaire were built with a cellar; only those houses at the very bottom of the hill that border Albert Terrace were built without as the ground is too damp. The river Aire runs perpendicular to the neatly aligned streets and back when Titus Salt built the village for his workers, the damp earth created the cool conditions needed to preserve food in your cellar.
Fortunately or unfortunately, we now have refrigerators, rendering a damp cellar wholly useless. Converting your cellar is one of the few ways that Saltaire homeowners can genuinely add value to the market price of your house, easily transforming your modest cottage into a three bedroomed home.
Move the kitchen downstairs opening up the first floor for more functional living space, or shift your home office into the newly renovated basement and free up the second bedroom. You could even make a subterranean living room come home cinema, allowing for an open plan kitchen/diner on the first floor.
The Pure process for cellar conversions
Our process begins with a free initial consultation survey, this is essential as it allows us to give you an accurate as possible quote without extensively pricing the project up. We’ll then go through a series of steps, providing you with detailed costings, architectural drawings and the opportunity to see our previous cellar conversions.
Once you’re happy with the final quotation, site preparation can commence along with any structural works if required. We’ll then dig any drainage channels and fit various water extraction devices such as sump pumps, a cavity cell membrane is then fitted – this forms the dry skin to your new cellar.
After this we will insulate, run any wiring and plumbing requirements before plastering your new cellar. Finally we will complete any bespoke joinery necessary and finish decorations to complete your project on time and on budget.
Get in touch with Pure Basements for further information
If you think your Saltaire home would benefit from a cellar conversion, get in touch with one of our friendly team to book your free, no-obligation survey and we can begin your journey to a drier home.