Basement conversion

creating a
one-of-a-kind basement

if you're looking for a basement conversion to form a liveable space under your house, you are only one call away from having the perfect basement built by us.

As a basement conversion specialist, we will provide you with a complete design and build service.

With a very experienced design partner and an established construction and fit-out team, you can be sure that we are able to accommodate any type of basement build or conversion requirements.

We are offering inventive ideas and solutions right from the start of your basement project, and we work with our trusted architects and other teams of specialists to build the space that you desire.

100% bespoke designs and planning
to accommodate your every need
innovative add-ons
like skylights, sun pipes and light wells
fixed prices
with minimum disruption, maximum satisfaction
full project management
by our office-based professionals
ten-year warranty
so you can be sure of our quality

The process

Introductory Discussion - To confirm the feasibility and possibly an indicative estimate cost
Exploratory Meeting - At your site address
Detailed Quotation and Contract
Survey - Full complete survey carried out, design and a full set of planning approval drawings prepared
Plans Submitted – The Local Authority should make its decision in 8 weeks; however, this usually takes longer
Exploratory Tests & Trials – The data collected is used in structural design
Preparation of Complete Set of Building Reg plans and Drawings – together with structural details, specs and calculations
Appointment Party Wall Surveyor – this period could range immensely
Set Start Date – once all preparatory and legal work is finished
Pre-start Meeting – this is crucial to the success of the whole project
Start on Site – We secure the site and make it safe before any building work is carried out
Approximate Design and Construction Schedule
Planning Permission and Design - 4 months
Party wall agreements, Building Control and Structural Calculations - 2 months
Site Setup - 1 week
Excavation, Soil Removal and Underpinning - 3 months
Steel and joists installation - 1 month
Slabs and below-ground Drainage - 2 Weeks
Membrane installation - 2 Weeks
Internal Fit-out - 4 months
Total - 15 months from the first call to furniture delivery.

BASEMENT NEW BUILD

As specialists in basement conversions and basement building, we offer you a complete service from start to finish, from basement structure and waterproofing to decorating and kitchens.

Do you want a big home but have a limited amount of land?

With the high cost of land and numerous planning restrictions, our modern methods can help you obtain a prompt and economical solution.

We propose a full service, usually being involved from the first design stage, right to completion of the structure.

RETROFIT BASEMENTS

Retrofit basements are basements or cellar conversions that are built under your existing home or structure. Adding a new area in the basement to your home could provide much-needed space and add value to the house. The basement is also an excellent solution where extensions are restricted by size and planning issues.

We offer the structural design and construction of your basement together with waterproofing ensuring that it is ready for your design.

Light-wells, windows, a separate entrance, stairs and even basement terrace areas can all be built to give much-needed space to your house.

Our waterproofing system is long-lasting and reliable; installed by our expertly trained team, we will ensure that our waterproof membrane is fitted correctly before starting to apply finishes to the walls.

The growing need for deeper and larger basements extending throughout the whole house and gardens can be satisfied with our piled retaining walls, reinforced concrete walls and other modern underpinning methods.

We are a business that prides itself on the level of help we offer and the specialist expertise that we use.

Structural Waterproofing

Our waterproofing team specialise in producing practical and efficient solutions for completely dry conditions using new products and techniques.

It is essential that the correct waterproofing system required is correctly identified and designed from the beginning. Because of our specialist knowledge, you can relax reassured that your basement waterproofing or cellar conversion has the waterproofing system it needs to meet requirements.

Drainage Channel

A drainage channel allows groundwater to flow to your pump below the floor. It decreases water pressure at the critical wall to floor junctions. The drainage channel system is placed at the floor to wall junction in a pre-formed slot around the perimeter of the basement.

Membrane Systems

Cavity drainage membranes are installed in most situations, from very wet basements inclined to flood to damp walls and cellar conversion work. Cavity drain membranes are rated the no-risk method of waterproofing by most authorities and control water ingress in a maintainable way.

Pump Stations

We can supply and install a complete range of pump units for managing water from the basement and rainwater from light wells. We also provide pump stations for kitchens and toilets. From single pump stations to multi-pump stations, including alarm systems, can be installed with a battery backup unit in case of power failure.

THE ADDITIONAL COSTS TO COUNT WHEN BUILDING OR TURNING A BASEMENT

Many items need to be considered when preparing to build or convert a basement. Here we have posted most of the essential things that need to be considered. Some requirements might vary from place to place.

Planning permission is required in most cases, and professional advice should be sought in the initial stages. In some boroughs, this can become a tedious and expensive process.

Party Wall Agreements - Unless you are rich and live in a detached house with no neighbours, then party wall matters will need to be sorted out and agreed upon with neighbours on the left, right and sometimes at the back of your house as well. Surveyor costs need to be taken into account when budgeting.

Soil Condition - Groundwater levels and soil types that need to be excavated and removed can have a significant impact on costs.

Access - easy access to remove excavated soil and space to unload and store building materials will decrease costs and speed up the program. Parking bays will need to be suspended for skips and storage; however, this can be quite expensive and not always possible.

Renting - Retrofit projects are faster and cheaper when the house is empty, so renting costs also need to be considered.

Annual Maintenance - It is crucial to have an annual maintenance contract on all pumping stations.

Why choose us?

  • Professional Quotations
  • Up to 5 years Work Warranty
  • Own Designers
  • Specialists in High End and difficult projects
  • Member of Federation of Master Builders
  • Trustmark Member
  • Health & Safety compliant
  • We have decades of Experience
  • Friendly, reliable and clean Builders
  • We cover London and a 50 miles radius
  • Residential and Commercial Services
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feedback from our customers

Leonn Berry
London

We might want to express gratitude toward Red Builders for the Refurbishment they finished for us and the work done. We were intrigued by the professional approach of the entire staff, we have got endless commendations from all who see and use it. The team was obliging and set aside a significant effort to clarify all the information required from the design drawings, the advancement of the work to the completed venture. A point by point receipt was given for all the work and materials with no hidden cost. Words can't describe how cheerful we are with our new home. If we describe Red Builders, they are perfectionist professionals who caused us to feel secure, realizing the completed project would be accurate and neat, and it was. We have prescribed Red Builders to everybody searching for building work.

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London

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London

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London

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London

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London

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London

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London

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London

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London

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