1. SITE VISIT & INITIAL COMMUNICATION
We will arrange an appointment for one of our experienced design surveyors to meet at the project site. The purpose of this initial meeting we will be to carry out a brief survey of the site, discuss the cellar conversion or basement construction project and make appropriate recommendations. We will offer suggestions and ideas for the space to be constructed and provide information to enable you to fully understand the benefits a new basement living space will provide.
2. PREDESIGN & BUDGET ESTIMATE
Following our visit we will create a computer-aided pre design for your space and work out a budget estimate for your project within a few days.
3. YOUR DECISION
By now, you have a draft basement conversion design and a budget estimate. You've had a chance to work with us and measure our style and standards of performance. And you have still haven't risked a dime. No other basement company makes this phase of your project this safe and easy. Now you can approve your job and proceed with the next phase… or shop around before you decide.
4. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
If the price and product is to your requirements we arrange a detailed survey with an architect to firm up the detail of the cellar conversion and produce scheme design drawings. We will discuss in detail your fitting-out requirements, floor and wall finishes, discuss plumbing, electrical and identify any specialist works that may need to be undertaken.
5. PLANNING APPLICATION
A Building Permit is required for basement construction, cellar conversion or alteration, unless the changes are strictly cosmetic. With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not). Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service before starting work. You can apply for planning permission online through the Planning Portal or we can apply in behalf of you by completing the relevant forms, attaching supporting documents and plans and paying the application fee.
6. STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Following the approval of your planning application, if your project involves significant structural works, a structural design and calculation may have to be done by an engineer.
7. PROJECT REVIEW & ADJUSTMENTS
When your design is complete, we sit down with you to firm up the detail of the basement construction and make any adjustments so you can be confident with your design and make changes before it's too late. We will than accurately price the approves design which will hopefully form the basis of the contract documents and the works on site.
8. CONTRACT & START ON SITE
As soon as the planning phase is finished and you have been provided with an accurate quotation, you can approve your job and proceed with construction … or shop around before you decide.
Construction of the project will be of the highest quality. All works carried out by Basements 4 You will be subject to approval by the Local Authority Building Control Department. Electrical works will be carried out to the standards laid down by the National Installation Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC) and any gas alteration works in line with the requirements of the Confederation of Registered Gas Installers (CORGI).
10. QUALITY CONTROL
Every aspect of basement construction or cellar conversion is continually monitored by our Project Management and Quality Control staff to ensure that it complies with the high standards required by building regulations. Basements 4 You expert installation team ensures that the highest standards of construction are achieved to the requirements of the Building Regulations and the appropriate British Standards.
11. GUARANTEES & INSURANCE
We offer 15 year defect cover in respect of structural works and 20 year guarantee on all our Delta waterproofing installations. Any mechanical and electrical installations carried out by our Gas Safe registered plumbers and NICEIC registered electricians are guaranteed for a period of 18 months. All projects carried out are subject to a 6 months defects liability period. As a company we are legally required to hold insurance for employer’s and public liability. We also have an all risks cover which includes all stages of the basement construction. Public liability insurance can be claimed upon when we or a member of staff cause damage through negligence or omissions to the design. The structural engineer and architect are covered by an insurance called professional indemnity. This insurance can be claimed upon when it is found damages occurred through incorrect design or calculations.