What’s the difference between a cellar and a basement?

23 April 2018

Here at Timberwise, we always actively listen to our customers, we know it’s the only way we can improve the quality of the service we provide and on an occasion, this also includes lending a helping hand to answer any property related questions they may have.

Well, both mean a room, or collection of rooms, that are located below (or partially below) ground level. The terms are often used interchangeably, so it’s understandable that the terms can cause confusion.

By definition of the dictionary:

basement is the floor of a building which is partly or entirely below ground level.

cellar is a room below ground level in a house that is often only used for storing wine or coal, it is used for a specific purpose.

Amongst the estate agents and property professionals in the UK, the term ‘cellar’ is often used to describe residential projects while the term ‘basement’ is used to describe new build and commercial projects alike.

 A cellar is often a smaller space than a basement. Without the benefit of direct sunlight and with cooler temperatures cellars are more often used as general storage areas – for example wine storage.

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