garage conversion

Converting garage into habitable room are increasingly popular due to valuable space not been utilised wisely, some garages are used for storage spaces and some cannot even be used for its intended use mainly due to bigger sized cars.

Converting garage space can increase value of property and gain extra living space without the need to move house, this option is cheaper then other options like loft conversions and extensions as existing structure only requires alterations and upgrading to comply with building regulations rather then starting from scratch.

All garages can be converted be it attached to existing house, detached garage or even double garage which can be converted for duel purpose by splitting into required sizes to maximise different use.

Converting garage into habitable room will require approval under Building Regulations, this conversion requires approval due to some elements of work involved to satisfy requirements of Regulations to cover :-

  • Drainage works if converting to master bedroom or just extra bathroom or wc
  • Foundation required for infilling existing garage door to carry weight of brickwall, window opening, walls below ground level and damp proofing course
  • Roof void which may require ventilation
  • Structural alterations
  • Electrics
  • Insulation for wall, ceiling and floor
  • Flooring
  • Ventilation

Conversion can be used all year round as structure is completely insulated and can be heated and will retain heat, some useful use can be:-

  • Office or study room
  • Entertainment room
  • Bedroom if attached garage with internal door from house useful as granny annexe can also be used as master bedroom if floor space can accommodate bedroom and bathroom
  • Playroom
  • Dinning room or kitchen
  • Workshop

Sometimes permitted development rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions and therefore local planning authority advise can be useful, for works to listed building, listed building consent is required.

All materials sourced needs to blend with main house and following materials needs careful considerations:-

  • Windows and cills of infill needs to match ground floor windows
  • Gutters and downpipes
  • Facias and soffits
  • Brick required to match existing structure
  • Roof structure finish can vary from mineral felt, roof tiles to fibreglass coverings
  • Wood used requires to be hardwood for external use and treated accordingly

Internal finish and services can vary depending on requirement, all services can be connected from main house from fuse-box, telephone, tv aerial and also broadband connection, other internal floor finishes can vary from carpet, laminate flooring or tiled flooring are other options, other useful addition is external lights with sensors.

As a one stop building services company we undertake complete projects with works carried out by our skilled tradesmen and women from initial start to finish and project managed by our in-house project manager, all our staff are trade related with some multi-trade, all operators are polite and trustworthy. As specialist in occupied property all necessary care and precaution are taken to minimise disruptions and all clients receive the same level of care and workmanship.