When most people consider extending their home in some way, they don’t consider that the garage could be the best way to do this. If you have a growing family, or just need extra space, a garage conversion can be a very cost-effective and practical exercise providing you with a tailor-made solution to meet your exact needs.
Over recent years it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties. It used to be the case that the family vehicle could not be out in inclement weather. The advancement of modern cars is greatly reducing the need for garage parking. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.
Most households have stored their garages, exercise equipment, toys, or memorabilia, and very often it will take some time to dispose of these things, so they appear to remain in garages for years or even decades. As we generally need living space more than we need storage space, we are often overlooking a very cost-effective and simple way to enlarge our home.
If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? By performing extensive calculations, our expert team will ensure that your garage conversion works out as the most cost-effective way to add additional rooms to your property.
A conversion on a double garage is also very worthwhile as we can still leave you with half of the garage to use as you wish. By converting just half of your double garage we can ensure that not only do you still have a space to park your car, but you also receive the benefits of an extended living space.
It is highly likely that your garage space is simply being wasted when it could be turned into a valuable addition to your living space. We routinely convert garages that are simply being used as storage spaces for unwanted household items. Modern cars are routinely galvanised meaning that they do not need to be protected from inclement weather in a garage.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. By converting your garage in Hove, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.
Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. Our team of skilled builders can install glazed doors between your beautiful garage conversion and the adjoining room, which will greatly increase the light and internal space.
To perform one of our high quality garage conversions, our dedicated team of engineers need to be very careful and consider your exact requirements on a case-by-case basis Your quality garage conversion in Hove may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
We can assist you with any kind of lighting scheme, colour scheme, storage idea etc that you may have for your quality garage conversion. We will be helping you with the whole package
In Hove many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our beautifully designed storage systems are certainly not run-of-the-mill and will revolutionise the way you store items in your house. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. Our experts will ensure that in Hove your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Hove playroom. The playroom may be as open or as closed as you wish Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there any avid movie watchers or book lovers in your family? Whatever you may want to use your new living room for, we can provide those unique touches to allow you to engage in your favourite activities, for example if you love to read we can install wall-to-wall bookshelves. Why not contact our dedicated team of renovation specialists and allow us to show you how we can bring your perfect living room conversion to life?
Unless your garage conversion requires window installation or the changing of the front of the garage, we can perform the majority of the work in-house This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Hove would typically not be necessary.
It may be necessary to discharge any restrictive covenants pertaining to your modern property, such as that the garage be maintained as a parking area. It could be possible that your Hove property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.
It is possible that your PD rights may be revoked, however it is still possible for you to ask for approval from householder planning by putting together any design sketches and approaching them for the requisite permissions. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
To convert a garage into a livable, usable space, there are many considerations that need to be considered, including floor ceiling, insulation, partitions, roof leak fixing, painting, etc. Depending on the conversion in Hove you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!
Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. There are an infinite number of design ideas for garage conversions, so why not contact our imaginative design team today? Our specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process
Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.
Why not expand your home in Hove? One of the common reasons for this is to live in a cramped house. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our ingenious team understands that storage space has to adapt and grow along with your family, that is why our storage systems are designed specifically for you. Our structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Hove You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. A playroom conversion will not only give your children a safe environment to play in, it will also offer them privacy. Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?
Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there other people who love to read or watch films in your family? Whatever you may want to use your new living room for, we can provide those unique touches to allow you to engage in your favourite activities, for example if you love to read we can install wall-to-wall bookshelves. Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house.
If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Hove. Within your house deeds there could be a restrictive covenant which requires that the garage be kept as a parking area, these will need to be discharged. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Hove may require formal permission.
It is possible that your pd rights may be revoked, however it is still possible for you to ask for approval from householder planning by putting together any design sketches and approaching them for the requisite permissions. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. If you want to drastically alter the exterior appearance, such as making major changes to the windows, using new materials, or incorporating an extension, a complete application would also be required Depending upon the property where you wish to carry out the conversion, we may need to apply for various permits, for example if you reside in a listed building, or you have adjacent neighbours.
By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.
Once we have completed detailed structural plans, our reliable team will pass them to building control to be inspected who will then make sure that your conversion conforms to all the regulations. Building control officers are also authorised to inspect ventilation, insulation, electricity, plumbing, fire safety (including escape routes), and many other important elements of your new conversion.
Our dedicated team of expert engineers will ensure that the walls and roof of your garage are sound and watertight before the conversion work will begin. The majority of the work will then take place inside the existing garage.
Our dedicated team of engineers don’t want any nasty surprises during the construction project which is why we begin every garage conversion by stripping the main structure to ensure that there are strong foundations and walls. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion
An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general domestic use. Thermal efficiency can be achieved within the new conversion by levelling the floor maybe with a self-levelling liquid screed, damp proofing it with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc,), and insulating it. Because the floors of garages are often lower than the floors in the main house, insulating them in a variety of ways is often quite straightforward and will simply raise the level of the garage floor to meet that of the main house.
The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. As a basement is generally low in a property, it is very important to build it up to ensure that your new conversion is not affected by groundwater. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.
The most popular route is to replace the main garage door with traditional walling matching the rest of the house, such as a masonry infill completely to and bonded into the existing brickwork. To grant you extra peace of mind we will carefully evaluate the foundations of the garage to decide if they need any extra modifications to deal with the additional load of the new conversion. As glass weighs less than brick walls, it is highly recommended that in the initial planning stage you include more glass.
Usually integrated garages are designed to the same level as the main building, so the walls do not require improvements. We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. Our experts builders can also blow insulation into the gap of cavity walls which allows you to preserve all of the internal floor space within the conversion.
At loft level, the easiest way to remove the garage roof is to place 270 mm of mineral wood which should be adequate with a pitch covering 100 millimetres between the joists and the rest on top. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.
In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. It is often a concern that the conversion will decrease the height from floor-to-ceiling, however our innovative design techniques involve the use of slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate products which means that no height will be lost in the conversion process.
It may seem obvious but it is very important to choose high quality windows with appropriate u values for your new conversion. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.
Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. One of our ingenious design techniques involves using a reinforced steel beam over a larger span to create a modern, spacious and open plan feel to your conversion. Because an open plan designed garage conversion may involve more structural adjustments, it could be necessary for a structural engineer to lend his expertise. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.
Our meticulous attention to detail means that we will be very careful that any habitable room which does not have an exit point will have an escape window. Our dedicated team of professionals can guarantee that any escape window fitted will comply precisely with industry and safety regulations.
We would always suggest employing trained professionals to install any kind of heating and electrics infrastructure and to require them to self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations. It is possible that the new heating loops and electrical circuits required for the conversion may place extra load on your consumer unit and boiler
It is possible that we may need to update these devices to handle the extra load and depending on their make, this could cost up to £2000. For a new ceiling structure in a quality garage conversion we would suggest the use of led downlights to illuminate the room effectively. A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to radiators.
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom it will be wise to consider how you will ventilate it The addition of a bathroom or kitchen to your conversion may mean that you also need to install a powerful extractor ventilator so that there will be no humidity buildup
We aim to complete every quality garage conversion to the highest standard possible whilst remaining within your budget, so why not request a site visit today from one of our expert designers? Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.
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If you are interested in a Hove custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
We are on hand to support you through the conversion process and also to give you a free quote if you would like, so why not contact us on (020) 8987 8071?
The following are important considerations when deciding whether to convert your garage Always an important consideration before undertaking any construction project is whether the profits i.e. the added value to your home, will be higher than the spend. A great person to consult is a trusted local estate agent.
Another very important consideration is how much extra space you will receive in comparison to the amount of money you will spend. If you require more space then at some point you may need to move to a new house, a garage conversion is a much cheaper option than this. It is also good to be aware that your council tax may be affected because of your garage conversion. Check the added cost before you proceed
Our extensive industry experience has shown that generally planning permission is not required if you want to convert your garage
But we still encourage our customers to contact their local authority before the work starts to confirm if there are no covenants on your property or in the area where planning permission to convert your garage could be appropriate.
If there are any planning permissions that need to be acquired before work can begin, our professional team will be happy to take care of the nitty-gritty.
By ensuring that the exterior of the garage remains untouched, you can avoid these restrictions.
Throughout the whole process our expert and professional team at elite builders London will liaise with the local council building control officers to ensure that they are aware of all of the work undertaken and also that they will give you a completion certificate once an inspector has seen the conversion.
Yes, we are comprehensively insured
All of our high quality garage conversions are covered with a 15 year company guarantee.
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