Basement Conversions in Dublin​

A basement is an excellent way to increase the size of your home. When it is not possible to extend upstairs or outside, a basement conversion is ideal for adding living space. Converting a basement may create that extra area that can significantly impact your family life, especially in Dublin, where space is an enormously valued asset. Because of advances in technology and materials, a basement is no longer a dark, low-ceilinged environment. Basement waterproofing and damp proofing are never a problem when you hire the correct expertise. A basement, if appropriately designed and built, can be used for almost any purpose in your home, including an open plan kitchen. Max Construction Dublin enjoys developing basements in Dublin because we constantly manage to surprise our clients with results that exceed their expectations. Because of our unique method, customers may live a peaceful and stress-free life while the construction is underway. We always have a structural engineer on site to assure the highest level of safety and security, including the temporary structural support required while building a basement.

Basement Conversions in Dublin
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Dublin basement conversions

Dublin basement conversions

What are the advantages of a basement conversion?

A basement is a terrific way to expand your house space. When it’s not possible to expand above or outwards, a basement conversion is a great option for extra living space. Converting a basement can provide that extra area that can create a significant difference in your family’s life, especially in Dublin, where space is at a premium.

Because of advancements in technology and materials, a basement is no longer a dark, low-ceilinged environment. Basement waterproofing and damp proofing are never a problem when you hire the correct expertise.

A basement, if appropriately designed and constructed, can be used for almost any purpose in your house, including an open plan kitchen, for example.

We enjoy building basements in Dublin at houseUP because we constantly manage to surprise our clients with results that exceed their expectations. Because of our unique method, clients may live a peaceful and stress-free life while the work is underway with us. We always have a structural engineer on site to assure the highest level of safety and security, including the temporary structural support required while building a basement.

What should a basement conversion be used for?

A basement is a great way to create more living space to a Dublin house, especially for the family. One fantastic feature of a basement is the ability to create a self-contained area by building an individual entrance.

Basements are commonly transformed into:

  • a room for your kids to play in
  • A movie theater for the whole family and friends
  • a sauna or a gym
  • a utility room for laundry and appliances
  • a place to store goods such as wine, cigars, and other things
  • Adults and children’s hobby lab
  • a separate entrance for a home office

Indeed, a well-designed and constructed basement can be used for any purpose. For example, one of our Dublin clients elected to have their open-plan kitchen and living room in the basement of their four-story Greenwich house.

Fit-out and shell-and-core

When converting a basement, choosing the correct basement builders for each stage of the project is important. You’ll have access to a pool of basement builders who specialize in basement conversions when you work with houseUP.

The benefit of using houseUP is that you will have a construction project manager who is also a structural engineer, ensuring not only that the final structure of your basement is safe and sound, but also that the work is done in a safe and regulated manner.

SHELL-AND-CORE

You excavate in the first phase to create or extend the basement volume. This comprises interim work to support the house’s existing structure while the basement is being built. The end result will be a waterproof reinforced concrete box that will serve as the basement’s external construction.

To complete this part of the project, it is important to hire a specialized subcontractor. Only professionals with a proven track record of damp proofing basements are hired by houseUP.

Working with us offers the added benefit of gaining access to a pool of proven and professional basement conversion firms; additionally, only houseUP will always appoint a construction project manager who is also a structural engineer on-site to supervise the work during this critical phase.

FIT-OUT

The fit-out is the next stage. Electrical and plumbing work, wall construction, flooring, lighting, plastering, and painting are all included in this phase.

You won’t have to worry about finding the correct tradespeople for each work when you use houseUP. Our project manager will handle everything and report back to you on project status, timetable updates, and timely decision-making. Throughout the period of the fit-out, until completion, they will assist you in clarifying your requirements and making the best selection possible.

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU DO YOUR BASEMENT WITH HOUSEUP

DEVELOPMENT (OPTIONAL)

  • Make the most of your house’s potential by hiring the greatest planning and design professionals.
  • Obtain planning permission in a quick and painless manner.
  • To begin the real work, you must have all of the building regulations approved.
  • (in-house) Make advantage of an in-house staff that specializes in basement conversions for technical expertise and experience.
  • (in-house) Prepare all relevant documentation, including method statements, for basements.

BUILD

  • Obtain the greatest specialized construction company with basement experience.
  • Bring in a structural specialist to double-check the current state of the house and to improve safety and compliance.
  • From electricians and plumbers to carpenters, decorators, and more, have the best experts on site at the appropriate moment.
  • At a discount, get access to exquisite Italian kitchens and porcelain tiles.
  • Get what you want with a level of detail that meets or exceeds your expectations.

MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS

  • Employ a project manager who is a structural engineer with experience in basement conversions.
  • Ensure that health and safety, party wall procedures, planning authorities, and neighbors are all dealt with professionally and swiftly.
  • Orders, workers on site, building regulations visits, and other arrangements should all be optimized for optimum time management.
  • To stay on top of what’s going on on site, use a clear decision-making procedure.

PLATFORM DIGITAL

  • Take control of your project with the houseUP dashboard, which allows you to track progress, budget usage, view real-time images and videos, and provide comments.
  • Participate in the design process, the timetable, and the selection of materials and finishes.
  • Have access to a dedicated channel on the houseUP chat platform for quick issue resolution and decision-making.
  • Avoid extended email thread discussions by keeping a written record of all talks, questions, issues, and decisions in one location.

 

The Process of Basement Conversion

1. VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR FREE

One of our construction experts comes to meet you and inspect the job site. We service the entire city of Dublin.

  • Meeting in person: have a better understanding of what you want and the obstacles you face.
  • Seeing the place: situate your vision within the confines of your house.
  • Gather data and impressions while exploring the neighborhood to have a better understanding of the situation.
  • Identifying challenges, preventing issues, and removing roadblocks

It’s important to understand the physical limits when creating or converting a basement beneath an existing build, or even when creating a basement for a new building. The council planning authority can provide a lot of information, but a site inspection always reveals more than any document.

Party walls, layout, soil type, and subsurface features like as road tunnels or tube tunnels can all affect the viability of a basement. A visit to the neighborhood will also give us an idea of whether there are any similar developments in the region, which would indicate that the project is more likely to be approved. If you’re converting an existing cellar, for example, your basement conversion may qualify as permitted development work, which means you won’t need to apply for planning approval.

2. THE PREPARATION PROCESS

You’ll need to take care of the proper procedures in advance of a basement project. Planning permission, building regulations, method statements, and party wall agreements are only a few examples. Our architects have worked in all of Dublin’s councils.

  • Understanding the situation: consider all of the physical aspects that influence a basement conversion. The load of the building above, the type of the soil, the water table level, and the underneath existing infrastructure such as services, tunnels, and tubes must all be considered.
  • Understanding the legal aspects and researching council regulations; investigating the layout of the neighborhood and adjacent properties; determining the necessity for party wall agreements, external technical studies, method statements, and other formal processes.
  • Making the appropriate decisions: when all the feasibility restrictions are evident, choose the best options for structure, design, usage, size, and layout, etc. to maximize the value gained by adding the basement against the budget expenditure.
  • Completing the pre-construction phase: producing all documentation, such as plans, technical drawings, structural calculations, method statement, and work plan, submitting the plans to the council for permitted development or planning permission, serving the party wall notices, and finalizing the party wall agreement

The most important element to consider when converting a basement is to maximize the value created from your property while staying within your budget. To do so, you’ll need technical knowledge and experience to assess your options and make the best selections.

Technical complexity, the surrounding area, the length of the pre-construction process, the cost of external consultants, and a variety of other technical factors will all support you plan the finest basement conversion possible.

3. GET A FREE ESTIMATE FOR CONSTRUCTION

One of our estimators creates a precise quote that includes a breakdown of all the details and their costs.

  • Defining the costs entails assessing the fundamental construction work.
  • Estimating the options: for the best result, optimize the selection of finishes and providers.
  • Explaining the quote: make it clear what is contained and what the implications might be.
  • Explaining the process and the program, defining the communication channels, and agreeing on the decision flow

Investing your money in your home’s renovation might be a huge decision. That is why it is critical to comprehend the quotation in order to make the best selection. First and foremost, the pricing must be Max Construction. Rogue enterprises frequently quote a low price to be hired, then charge more to make up the difference; if this isn’t done on purpose, a contractor may choose to abandon a project if it isn’t profitable.

4. CONSTRUCT

Because of the larger danger of damage to existing structures during construction, basements require extra consideration during the work.

  • Putting the method statement into action: write instructions for the team to follow in order to complete the work. These include comprehensive descriptions and details such as props for vertical and lateral support, a temporary roof, and the use of conveyor belts to remove soil, among other things.
  • Choosing the teams: select experienced and well-tested basement professionals as well as the best project manager for the work.
  • Keeping an eye on the site: keep involved in the day-to-day activities on site to provide guidance and organize staff, supplies, and procedures.
  • Reporting and information sharing: provide regular feedback and swiftly reply to queries and requests.
  • Using the most up-to-date technology, create communication channels such as a dashboard, live chat, and photo and video sharing.
  • Making timely decisions: stick to a well-defined procedure for all requests, approvals, last-minute revisions, and decisions.

Basement construction necessitates technical expertise and experience, and basement contractors perform better when supervised by professionals. Furthermore, excellent communication and information sharing are important for achieving the best results.

That’s why, with houseUP, you’ll have a structural engineer overseeing your basement conversion, as well as dedicated communication channels to enable rapid choices and access to critical information.

5. COMPLETION, HANDOVER, AND FIT-OUT

Your construction project manager will ensure that you make the best options for your basement fit-out and finishes, and that the best craftspeople are hired to achieve the best results.

  • Finalizing the approval of the finishes: While the requirements for the finishes are frequently set during the design process, it is important that you approve all of the specifics. Windows, flooring, lighting, doors, paint, tiles, and fixtures are all small aspects that contribute to a basement’s overall quality.
  • Choosing the best teams: choose the proper tradesmen for all on-site work; electrical and plumbing, for example, are critical to a successful project, and making the wrong decision can lead to a slew of issues later on. HouseUP makes sure you get the best electricians, plumbers, tiling, painting, flooring, and decorators.
  • Final touches: Before handing over, double-check that all the little things that need to be retouched have been addressed.

While the structure of your basement is critical, you also want to make sure that the space you create is enjoyable to use and live in. Finishes are crucial in this regard, and we’ll make sure you’re involved and informed so you can pick the best option for your needs and have everything done to the highest standard possible.

Waterproofing and Tanking

Tanking is a building technique for underground structures that manages water from the external soil by draining excess water and protecting the basement from infiltrations with a tank that surrounds the walls and the basement’s foundation. Cavity drain membranes, channel drains, and sump pumps are used in the tank. Pumps with redundancy and alarms are fitted. As a result, secondary pumps can take over when the primary pump is full or not working properly, while alarms highlight problems with appropriate operation, such as battery exhaustion.

Waterproofing is a more general word for ensuring that water does not permeate a structure, whether underground or above ground, creating damp. Waterproofing membranes are added to the tanking in the basement to prevent water from penetrating the basement.

We have the experience in-house to develop and implement the most up-to-date technology and effective waterproofing methods, ensuring that your basement is built to last.

Planning and development permits are required

The permitted development of basements in Dublin is limited to minor improvements. Within approved development rights, you can convert an existing cellar or basement into a dwelling area.

Planning authorization is required for any basement excavation. Because councils frequently grant authorization, the approval rate for basement conversion planning applications is relatively high. Due to the amount of required documentation, reposts, investigations, and other conditions unique to basement applications, the application procedure is a little more complicated.

Although the end result is predictable, the method to get there is frequently lengthier and more expensive than standard additions such as loft conversions or rear extensions.

Budget for basement conversion

Because a basement in Dublin is more expensive than other forms of expansion adjustments, it’s important to understand the costs and the value generated. The value will be determined by the existing property, its location in Dublin, its size, and its quality.

Cost-affecting variables include:

  • Structural design: a well-thought-out structural design can save time and money while achieving the same end result.
  • Construction process: adhering to the correct technique and building at the appropriate time of year can help you avoid unexpected costs.
  • Soil constraints: Depending on the kind of soil, specific measures like as piling foundations or thicker retaining walls and slabs may be required.
  • Party wall agreements: party wall agreements can add up to the costs depending on the number of bordering properties and parties involved.
  • Use of materials such as structural glass, costly internal finishes, and other specifications can dramatically alter the ultimate cost.

AN ESTIMATED COST

It can be beneficial to have an idea of how much a typical basement conversion costs. It’s important to remember that several factors can increase the average cost, while other factors can cut it. Make sure you work with a firm that can assist you in making the best decisions for you while keeping your budget in mind.

Construction costs in Dublin, excluding professional fees and finishes such as flooring, windows, doors, furniture, joinery, and fittings:

  • Construction of a new basement beneath an existing structure: €3,000 to €5,000 per square meter
  • Conversion of an existing basement costs between €2,250 and €3,750 per square meter.
  • Extending an existing basement/cellar into the garden costs between €2,500 and €4,000 per square meter.
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SERVICE NAME FAQ

With the high expense of moving and stamp duty, an increasing number of people are extending existing properties rather than moving. Many people seeking for a basement are growing families that do not want to leave a given region because of schools, local amenities, and friends, among other things. Many of their properties have already been enlarged above ground to their maximum capacity, so a basement is an excellent way to provide them with all of the room they desire without having to relocate.

No way, we can build a basement if all you have underneath your house is solid mud!!!

What’s the point of converting a basement?

With the high expense of moving and stamp duty, an increasing number of people are extending existing properties rather than moving. Many people seeking for a basement are growing families that do not want to leave a given region because of schools, local amenities, and friends, among other things. Many of their properties have already been enlarged above ground to their maximum capacity, so a basement is an excellent way to provide them with all of the room they desire without having to relocate.

 


Is it necessary to have an existing cellar?

No way, we can build a basement if all you have underneath your house is solid mud!!!

 

What is the maximum amount of head height I can have?

A minimum of 2.4m is recommended, with 2.6m being optimum. When it comes to height, there is no set maximum, but we recommend that it be high to the width; otherwise, if it’s too high, it will appear to be a tight corridor, and if it’s too low, it will feel claustrophobic. However, keep in mind that the higher you go, the more the price will be.

 

Can I live in the property while the renovations are being done?

Yes. Almost all of our projects are completed with residents in situ; the odd client that does move out is usually doing so because they are remodeling the entire property, which is fine as well.

Yes. Almost all of our projects are completed with residents in situ; the odd client that does move out is usually doing so because they are remodeling the entire property, which is fine as well.