Basement conversions are all the rage these days. They’re a fantastic way to add an extra room to your property, as well as an impressive amount of value. But before you bring in of the many basement conversion specialists operating in Manchester, Halifax and all nearby areas – it pays to get in groundwork specialists who can carry out the essential foundational work, like basement underpinning.
On this page, the C J Lewin Groundwork & Civils team, which provides basement underpinning at highly competitive prices, explains more about this aspect of the groundwork services we offer. If you have a question regarding any of the below, or want to get a free quote for work you require, pick up the phone and call our Rochdale base on 07961 224 532.
Basement Underpinning & Lowering – If you live in or around Manchester or Halifax and already have a basement but it lacks the vertical space required to be a liveable space, both legally and practically, then C J Lewin Groundwork & Civils can help. We can employ basement underpinning, also referred to as lowering, to create this space in a safe and methodical manner. Keep in mind that while this process is very similar to traditional foundational underpinning, its end goal is slightly different.
Our groundwork contractors will dig out small holes separated by undisturbed soil at predetermined increments, depending on the type of foundation, size of the basement and nature of the soil. We then fill these holes with concrete, before repeating the process until we’ve extended the foundations / footings of your property to a lower level. This allows us to then dig out your basement, creating more headroom for a potential conversion, without risking the structural integrity of your property.
Even if you’re not trying to turn your basement into a livable space, keep in mind that basement underpinning is an ideal solution to a structurally unsound basements/properties around Manchester and Halifax.
One property improvement quickly gaining in popularity is the swimming pool installation. They’re an utter joy in both the hot summer months, when many homeowners around Manchester and Halifax curse not having one, and milder spring months too. While above ground pools are typically the cheapest options available, in-ground pools are much better integrated within a wider design scheme, as they actually become part of the landscape and don’t just sit on it. You won’t require planning permission for an outdoor, in-ground pool.
We can plan the excavation to the size of the finished pool, then use plant equipment to make this phase of the project quick and straightforward. The construction of the pool itself will either involve using masonry blocks and vinyl liner, a gunite shell finished with a waterproof render/tiles, or a prefabricated polyethylene shell. Each comes in at a different price point which corresponds with the average lifespan of the material.
It’s important that Manchester and Halifax property owners keep in mind the on-going maintenance required to keep a pool clean and well-regulated (temperature etc). Average costs run at around £5-10 per day, depending on weather conditions outside. For keen swimmers and those who love to throw a social occasion with the pool as a centrepiece, this might not seem like much.