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FAQ

  1. Why should I convert my basement?
  2. Can all basements/cellars be converted?
  3. Do I need to involve an architect?
  4. Do I need to consult my neighbours?
  5. How do we get started?
Why should I convert my basement?
A basement conversion will increase the floor space within your home significantly and is more cost effective than extending or moving home.
Can all basements/cellars be converted?
Most basements or cellars can be made habitable. Sovereign have options for waterproofing systems where either or a combination of both systems will provide useable dry space.
Do I need to involve an architect?
Not usually on conversions of existing basements/cellars but it does depend on the specific requirements. New build basements will require the involvement of a structural design team.  Sovereign will be part of the design team to ensure the correct waterproofing spec is provided.
Do I need to consult my neighbours?
Not for a typical conversion of an existing basement/cellar. Where a new basement is to be developed complicated structural works are needed which may affect neighbouring properties. In this instance a party wall agreement will need to be drawn up. Sovereign can advise on party wall matters. A number of issues are changing the way we view land for domestic building. These include the increasing use of brown land, issues involving the density of dwellings and the need for increased domestic efficiency. An increasingly popular means of satisfying these requirements is the addition of basements to new dwellings or retrofitting basements in existing houses. Basements have been receiving lots of press coverage lately, as designers in general realise what a cost effective solution basements are to land shortages and the use of brownfield sites.
How do we get started?
You can contact us using the get in touch box which you can find on each page simply by filling in the details requested with a brief description of your requirements and a member of our technical staff will promptly be in touch.