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Garage conversions are the perfect cost-effective solution

Garage conversions are a cost-effective way to add more space. You can add up to 15% to the value of your home and gain valuable extra living space that's less prone to planning complications.

Maybe create a that extra bedroom you need, an office, playroom or convert part of the garage ensuring you still have some storage space.

Whatever you choose to do a garage conversion is a cost-effective way of increasing your home with major benefits.

Suitability

The first step with any garage conversion is to conduct an assessment of the existing structure, in particular the soundness of the foundations, walls and roof. This will go a long way to revealing the extent of works required to create a comfortable living environment – so it’s a key part of the design stages.

Planning Permission Required?

Not always. In most cases, garage conversions tend to be considered Permitted Development (PD). If your property is listed or located in a conservation area, then you will need to apply for planning permission. If planning permission is not required, you should still submit an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness – this is proof that all work was undertaken within guidelines and is vital paperwork should you ever sell your home.

Building Regulations

Regardless of whether your garage conversion needs planning permission, you will still need to meet building regulation approval on all work done, the broad elements covering all new garage conversions include:

  • Floor slab - An existing concrete floor might well be strong enough to cope with general domestic use. However, it may need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp-proofed with a suitable membrane (lapping into the walls’ DPC) and insulated to achieve adequate thermal performance.
  • Infilling the garage door - The most common route is to replace the main garage door with conventional walling matching the rest of the building, such as a masonry infill fully toothed and bonded into the existing brickwork.
  • Wall insulation- You will need to insulate the walls within the garage.

A building control surveyor will inspect your conversion at various stages and will be responsible for issuing a completion certificate upon final inspection.

Drawings

Daking Designs will produce the drawings required to satisfy local council’s requirements.

Whether you need planning permission or just building regulations we will prepare and submit these on your behalf taking all the stress away from you.

How Much Is a Garage Conversion?

The exact price of a conversion can depend on many things, such as the size of your garage, the age of the property, and the finish of the overall installation. Most garage conversions start at around £8,000 which is a cheaper alternative to gaining extra space in the home, compared with building an extension.

Conclusion

A well designed garage conversion is a cost-effective way of extending your home. Not only does this add value to your property, it will also provide you with added space.

Sound good? Contact us today for a chat regarding your project, we offer a free no obligation quotation.