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The Ultimate Guide to Garage Conversions
If you have a garage that is currently under-used, converting it or extending it could provide you with an opportunity to not only increase your living space, but to add considerable value to your home.
Garage extensions and conversions are an increasingly popular way to make the most of your existing property and may save you the expense and stress of moving in the midst of today’s volatile conditions in the property market. More benefits.
Our guide to converting your garage will give you the key information you need to plan an effective garage conversion.
Is my property suitable for a garage conversion?
If you have a garage that’s connected to your home or built into the main property you may be able to convert it. If your garage extends out from your home, it may also be possible to extend upwards from your garage to create extra living space on the floor above. Click here for typical costs.
If you have a double garage it may also be possible to convert just one section leaving you with a single garage but still adding extra space to your home.
Properties that are listed or in a protected position may not be able to gain permission for any changes so you should always check with your local authority for any special regulations in your area. Visit the Government’s planning portal for more information about planning matters and building regulations. Visit this site.
We’ve put together a useful checklist for planning your garage conversion to help you get started:
Garage conversion checklist
- What do you need to budget for? Consider what you can afford, and don’t forget to build in the cost of fixtures and fittings which are easily overlooked. Make sure you get like-for-like quotes from builders and that all aspects of the build and finishing are covered. It’s always sensible to allow a contingency for any changes of plan as the build progresses. Costs can be cut on roofing with the installation of rubber roofing. This cost-effective material also allows you to save energy by preserving heat.
- Will you need planning permission? Depending on the nature of the garage conversion or extension and the location of your property you may need to apply for planning permission. It’s important to consider the local area and attitudes to planning matters when preparing your planning application.
- What about building regulations? All new building projects need to comply with building regulations – your builder will be able to advise you on this.
- Will you work with a single contractor or organise separate tradesmen for each job? Trying to coordinate a range of different trades and contractors on a garage conversion project can be a complex process. Working with a specialist company can remove this stress by supplying all tradesmen you need for building, decorating, carpentry, plumbing, electrics etc. See renovation services.