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In this article, we are going to talk about Victorian property development, how to know if your property is of Victorian descent and the to achieve a Victorian basement conversion.  

If your property was built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) then your property would have been constructed during the Victorian era. 

If you’re not sure of the date of your properties construction, then it may be possible to contact your local council to find out. In turn, it’s possible to identify a Victorian house by the properties features; Victorian properties have a series of unique features that are easily identifiable.

Properties built around 1840-1900 were heavily influenced by gothic revival. The gothic revival style features projected porches, bay or sash windows, points on roofs with grey slate tiles, coal cellars, and were generally built as terrace or detached houses.

Our primary focus in this article is the cellar area, Victorian basement conversion for these properties is widely sort after because the cellar which was originally used to store coal can be turned into spectacular living areas which can be used for a multitude of things

The cellar is usually close to the required head height which brings the cost of the conversion considerably lower. Many Victorian cellars also have a light well cut out which also adds it’s convenience. 

If your cellar is relatively dry and hasn’t taken on moisture, then the Victorian basement conversion process is straight forward. The correct head height of 2.2m would be the first step; Your property will be underpinned which reinforces your properties structural integrity, then the lightwell will be adjusted to meet current regulations, and finally, the basement will be waterproofed either using tanking cement or a waterproofing membrane.

If you have any more questions about Victorian basement conversions feel free to get in contact with us as our specialist structural engineers and architects will be more than happy to help.