The magic of family business MBS Kelderbouw

Imagine expanding your home without giving up valuable square meters. That is exactly what MBS Kelderbouw makes possible. With a wealth of experience and a patented immersion technique, the family business creates high-quality concrete cellars with minimal disruption and maximum versatility.

Text: Fleur de Jong

MBS Kelderbouw is part of the Van 't Hek Group, a family business that has been established and established for almost eighty years. The history goes back to 1945, when founder Theo van 't Hek built an excavator on the chassis of an old truck. The company became known for realizing sheet pile constructions at complex locations, such as in the city center of Amsterdam, along the railway and from the water. The third generation Van 't Hek is now at the helm.


Square meter prices are skyrocketing and obtaining a permit for an extension is also becoming more challenging. People are therefore increasingly opting for underground. MBS Kelderbouw offers innovative solutions for both business and private clients who are looking for smart use of space. Consider, for example, a warehouse, parking garage, wine cellar, guesthouse or swimming pool. Or how about a parking garage at -1 and a swimming pool at -2? The company is very skilled in new construction.But it only really becomes interesting for existing homes. The cellar construction company likes to add an extra dimension to this. People often do not realize what is possible. This way, a piece of the lawn can suddenly serve as a new entrance to an underground paradise. But a connection from the existing house to the basement is also no problem.

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Where the magic happens

The process of building a basement often starts with hiring an architect, who designs the project together with MBS Kelderbouw and the customer. They can provide advice on the technical possibilities and carry out soil research to ensure that the project can be carried out without problems. The company's technology ensures that no soil type is too unusual. The cellars can also be built in sand, clay and peat. This versatility even came as a surprise to the original foundation company. MBS Kelderbouw uses their patented immersion technology. With this ingenious method, the prefabricated walls are attached above the ground, creating a box without a floor or roof. After assembling the cellar on site, the soil between the walls is dug away.In this way, the whole thing sinks into the ground like a bottomless caisson until the desired depth is reached. The basement floor is then poured between the walls and the basement deck is installed. There is a risk of slanting during immersion, but the flexible corner connections prevent this. The big advantage is that this method is vibration-free and therefore prevents cracks and subsidence of adjacent buildings. This also makes applying for a permit a lot easier. But MBS Kelderbouw is the only company in the Netherlands that also offers the customer good support in this area. After determining the options, carrying out soil research and applying for a permit, construction can start. Because the prefab parts of the cellar are produced in-house, a fast delivery time is guaranteed. Construction time for a basement varies, but generally the entire process takes three to five months from initial consultation to completion.

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Functional elegance

One of the most remarkable projects of the basement construction company concerns the construction of a two-storey example for a new-build apartment next to Rembrandtplein in the heart of Amsterdam. This project shows how the company is able to build large and deep cellars in a very challenging and busy environment. In the middle of the bustling city center, where everyone is watching critically, the project was successfully completed at a rapid pace. Good monitoring of the environment and application of the patented immersion technique ensured that the monumental buildings in the area were not affected.

The company is currently seeing various trends in the field of cellar construction. For example, there has been an increase in the popularity of cellars that serve as swimming pools, parking facilities and for storing collections such as wine or art. What is striking is the emphasis on natural daylight, playing with the environment and light, but also integrating the basement into the wider design of the garden. An example is a recent project where a small hill was created in the garden. MBS Kelderbouw installed a two-layer cellar under the hill, which partly rose above the ground due to the design of the hill. This provided a playful integration into the garden, which was not only functional, but also aesthetically attractive. The trend is therefore shifting towards the conscious inclusion of cellars in the garden design. This creates a unique and visually appealing addition to the space.

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