Garage Conversions in Chelmsford, Essex


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Chelmsford Garage Conversions

Our speciality garage conversions can expand your living room and are tailored to suit any budget. That's because you don't have to pay for laying new foundations or constructing new walls, as opposed to an extension. As most garages are already wired, you probably won't need any electrical work on your garage conversion. Garage conversions are typically single storey structures which are an addition to your existing house. Garages are typically used as storage areas, to store vehicles in the building, and more. Allow our expert engineering team to design and deliver a wonderfully spacious garage conversion that will be an amazing addition to your home. We will not waste either time or money when converting your garage into a beautiful living space.
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Could You Benefit From the Additional Space in Your Garage?

Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. A garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.

Are you really using your garage for anything important?

Our living spaces have grown progressively smaller over recent years therefore it can often be a waste of space to be keeping a car in a garage. It used to be the case that the family vehicle could not be out in inclement weather. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

It is also highly likely that you have toys, memorabilia, or any number of other items in your garage that have been stored there for many years. Most households would definitely appreciate extra space within their property.

Will a Garage Conversion Make my Property More Valuable?

We have seen that within Chelmsford, a high quality garage conversion can add up to 20% to your home value, whilst also providing extra highly sought after living space. 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.

If you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage.  Allow our expert builders to convert half of your double garage so you can enjoy additional living space combined with garage parking.

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Why Opt for a Garage Conversion in Chelmsford?

Consider how well you are using your garage space.

Large family vehicles and reduced living space means that more and more garages are being wasted in terms of the additional space they could provide for your home. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items. It used to be the case before cars were galvanised that you would need to protect the car by storing it in the garage.

Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. Our high quality garage conversions in Chelmsford are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.

If your property would benefit by extra daylight, one of our quality garage conversions could be the perfect solution. It is a wonderful addition to any home to convert a garage which has an adjoining room, mainly because the lightness and airiness of the adjoining room is greatly increased.

Let’s take a look at some of the old garage’s most common uses and advantages

  • No need to relocate to a new, bigger house
  • Four larger internal living spaces
  • Increasing property value
  • Large family
  • Easy to park the vehicle somewhere else
  • Also difficult to fit larger vehicle in standard 150 ft.² garage
  • Probably not necessary to request planning permission
  • No need to relocate to a bigger property
  • Perfect conversion to suit your requirements
  • Reduce unwanted items in the house
  • Increased luminosity in interior living space

Chelmsford Based Quality Garage Conversion Service

Our dedicated and reliable team can take charge of any works that need to be done such as insulation or roof leak fixing, before your garage conversion is completed. Elite builders London have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to acquire any kind of council consents that you may need to complete your garage conversion.

Converting your workspace in Chelmsford

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Are you missing a corner of an office in your Chelmsford home?

With the increasing rise of remote workers, converting your garage into a stylish home office space could be the perfect solution for you to enjoy working from home. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.

Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. We will be helping you with the whole package

Convert an Extra Bedroom in Chelmsford

In Chelmsford many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home 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. Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?

Chelmsford storage space conversion

One thing that many households need is more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfill varying needs in coming years. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.

Chelmsford quality kids playroom conversion

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Chelmsford. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. If you would like to discuss with our innovative design team the possibility of converting your garage into a beautiful children’s playroom, contact our friendly team today.

High quality living space conversion in Chelmsford

Is your Chelmsford living room a little boring? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms in your family? Our dedicated team of industry professionals can install anything you may require, such as bookshelves, soundproof walls, create an atmospheric environment, anything to ensure that your unique living space conversion is the perfect entertainment solution for your home. Our high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Converting your garage and planning permission in Chelmsford

For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house. This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Chelmsford would typically not be necessary. 

If your property was built recently there could be restrictive covenants within the deeds that require your garage to be used only as a parking area, it is possible to discharge this covenant however. It could be possible that your Chelmsford property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

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Even if PD rights have been revoked, you will still be able to follow a scheme however you would need to put together appropriate sketches and asked for approval from householder planning stop A garage conversion is an exceptional addition to any garage that has an adjoining room, as our innovative design places glass doors in between the two rooms to greatly increase the light and air in both.

Why not convert your garage with our high quality service in Chelmsford?

Our dedicated and reliable team can take charge of any works that need to be done such as insulation or roof leak fixing, before your garage conversion is completed. Any council consents that you may require in Chelmsford to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Chelmsford Workspace Conversions

Are you missing a corner of an office in your Chelmsford home?

Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful home office space. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.

We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! Whatever you require, we can help.

Chelmsford high quality extra bedroom conversions

Why not expand your home in Chelmsford? Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!

High-Quality Storage Space Conversion in Chelmsford

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires more storage space Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. Our experts will ensure that in Chelmsford your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Chelmsford quality kids playroom conversion

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Chelmsford. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. A playroom can offer them a wonderfully safe environment to play whilst being supervised by you. If you would like to discuss with our innovative design team the possibility of converting your garage into a beautiful children’s playroom, contact our friendly team today.

Converting your living space in Chelmsford

In Chelmsford your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there bookworms or movie lovers in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? 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?

Chelmsford planning permission and garage conversions

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

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If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Chelmsford. If your property was built recently there could be restrictive covenants within the deeds that require your garage to be used only as a parking area, it is possible to discharge this covenant however. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Chelmsford may require formal permission.

Even if pd rights have been revoked, you will still be able to follow a scheme however you would need to put together appropriate sketches and ask for approval from householder planning. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your conversion.

High-quality garage conversions and building regulations in Chelmsford

Building regulations help to ensure within the industry that projects are undertaken and completed to the highest standards, your garage conversion would therefore be subject to these. With more complex Chelmsford garage conversion projects you might prefer to have complete structural plans drawn up.

As long as the conversion is built according to the approved schematics of your structural plans, you can rest assured that the conversion is conforming to building regulations. By inspecting the key areas of the conversion construction a building control officer or authorised inspector can provide additional assurance that key areas such as ventilation, insulation and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), are all built to conform with the building regulations.

Key works and considerations for garage conversions in Chelmsford

The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. The majority of the work will then take place inside the existing garage.

The first step in a quality garage conversion is to strip back the main structure to see whether they could be any unforeseen issues such as at foundations or any problems with the walls. To guarantee a high quality conversion, our team will be carrying out work such as this.

  Checking the existing floor

Normally, the concrete floor within a garage can withstand any kind of general domestic use. However, to achieve sufficient thermal efficiency, it will need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp proofed with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc) and insulated. Our expert team of engineers are highly adept at insulating garage floors in a way that will simply place them on the same level as the floors of the main house.

Building work to convert a basement

To ensure that a basement is watertight we will undertake the required work to waterproof it Our quality basement conversions include increasing the height of the basement to cope with groundwater levels. In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.

  • Replacement of the door

    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. The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate the new loads. A cost-effective and attractive way to lighten the load placed on the foundations by the conversion, is to add extra windows or a glazed access door.

  • Do I need to insulate the walls?

    If you have an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work as they will be exactly the same as those of the main house By erecting a stud wall with timbers so there is a wide enough space to place installation, your attached or detached single skin garage can easily be internally insulated. If your building has cavity walls, then we will not require stud walls to be built, we can simply blow insulation into the gap which means that all of the internal space is retained.

Will it be necessary to insulate my roof?

By placing 270 mm of mineral wood with a pitched covering hundred millimetres between the joists and extra wall on top, we can easily remove a garage roof at loft level. Not only can we install a warm roof system into your quality conversion, we can also include multiple rooflights which greatly increase the natural daylight.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality conversion possible which includes ensuring that the roof does not allow condensation to enter which for flat roof will involve the installation of rigid insulation in the ceiling joists. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.

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Windows and doors for your conversion

It is very important when selecting doors and windows that you ensure they meet the appropriate full unit u values (1.6 w, m2k for windows, 1.84 doors), provide sufficient ventilation, meet safety regulations, and suit your decor. Operating regular units can also be a cost-effective solution Casements sashes and door sets can be installed into the wall by punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels as desires

Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. By using, for example, a reinforced steel beam, our innovative team can help make your garage conversion feel more open plan. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. Our wealth of experience in producing high quality conversions means that we understand that a developer may impose restrictive agreements prior to your conversion if you have an integrated garage, so we are on hand to help with this.

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. This must have a width and height of not less than 450 mm, a transparent openable area of at least 0.33 mm2 and should be located in such a way that the bottom of the openable area is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.

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  High-quality heating and electrics installation

The best way to get this infrastructure in place is by recruiting trained professionals to self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations. You will most likely need new electrical circuits and heating loops which will place additional loads on your consumer units 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. Our talented design team are committed to maximising floor space within your quality garage conversion, which is why we would suggest using slimline underfloor heating instead of radiators.

It is essential that we ensure that the drainage system and hot and cold water source are installed successfully if you are planning a kitchen or bathroom in your conversion. Ventilation could be an issue. To avoid any buildup of humidity in a bathroom or kitchen within your conversion, our specialist builders would advocate the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator.

How much does a garage conversion cost in Chelmsford?

Each garage conversion is a different size and design so without visiting the property and going through the design in detail, it is difficult to provide an accurate quotation. However our industry experience means that we can estimate that a simple garage conversion will work out to be roughly £15 to 25k plus vat.

What exactly does this price include?

Our professional team would undertake the following;

  • Dig footing to the front of the garage and supply and fit one 150×100 mm prestressed concrete lintel
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Deal with inspectors and submit building notice
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floors
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Plaster walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit skirting and architrave
  • Jet wash drive
  • Make good all areas and clean away any rubbish
  • Provide our company 15 year guarantee
  • Gain final building certificate

Free consultation to discuss your garage conversion

Our team of highly skilled industry professionals are on hand to answer any questions you may have with regards to the transformation of your garage into a quality conversion.

Our approachable sales team is waiting for your call on (020) 8987 8071 should you need a free garage conversion quote or simply some advice.

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Frequently asked questions

Why convert my garage?

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

Will my garage conversion require planning permission?

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.

When will you need planning permission for a garage conversion?
    • If the garage conversion increases your home beyond permitted development rights if you live in a listed building
    • If you live in a listed building
    • You are converting the space of business
    • Your council has restrictions on reducing parking

By ensuring that the exterior of the garage remains untouched, you can avoid these restrictions.

Will the conversion take a long time?
Common conversion will be completed in 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the specification involved.
Once my conversion is completed, will i receive a building control certificate?

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.

Are elite builders London fully insured to convert my garage?

Yes, we are comprehensively insured

What kind of guarantee will i receive?

All of our high quality garage conversions are covered with a 15 year company guarantee.


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