We live in a mid terraced Victorian house. When it was a good size when only the two of us lived in the house. The children came and the house seemed to get smaller with every Christmas and birthday.
We needed extra space, moving wasn't really an option, neither was an extension as it is too costly.
So, we decided to renovate the cellar. Lucky that our cellar is at ground level, it was a dry space and didn't need tanking.
A dark place we have used as storage for many years and not really thought about the potential as a room.
Wanting to do the conversion ourselves and with as little money as possible. We decided to use reclaimed or recycled materials as much as we could to keep the costs down, we bought a lot from eBay.
It has taken a while to do, just under 1 year in fact. The husband is a gardener so worked in the cellar whilst the gardening work was quiet (winter) and nothing was done during the summer months.
Winter 2013, The husband cleared all the rubbish from the cellar (14 trips to the tip) pulled down the ceiling and started prepping for the electrician to come and put in a consumer unit and all the wires.
Then summer came so no work was done in the cellar. Late autumn arrived and work started again
The new ceiling went up and lights went in on Halloween, this was so exciting to be able to start seeing a space emerge.
Stud walls went up and insulation, boards. Things were starting to take shape nicely. My husband was finally turning it into a room, so proud of him.
The radiator ( bought from eBay for £5 ) was plumbed in and it was warm!
We had lots of paint pots left over from painting various rooms in the house, so I mixed it all together so we didn't need to buy any paint.
The week before Christmas was the final push. Walls painted, carpet fitted and finally the furniture I had bought from eBay (that we had been storing in various parts of the house and tripping over) could finally have a home.
Finally, an extra space that we can all use.
A long desk that we use for homework, drawing and will be my sewing table. TV and stuff, we use the space as a cinema room and the OH to watch football, his 'man cave' And, two double sofa beds, we can have people to stay over if we want, we now have the space.
A new room for just a little over £700.
Here it is. Still a few finishing touches to add, plus pictures to go onto the wall.