Tanking and Making a Cellar Dry

Converted under-hall cellar
The 18m² under-hall cellar of this terraced house in Chiswick has been converted and extended into a spacious 55m² basement level, to include a family/TV room, study, utility and shower room.Work was carried out by The London Basement Company (Image credit: The London Basement Company)

If your home has a cellar, you may want to take advantage of the added space and turn it into a usable room.

Even if you only plan to use the room for storage, rather than living space, you still need it to be properly waterproofed (or tanked) to prevent your belongings from getting damp.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.