Garage Conversions in Chigwell, Essex


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Quality Garage Conversions in Chigwell

There are a few different ways to expand existing rooms within your home, a low-cost garage conversion is one of the most attractive. Garage conversions are so cost-effective because, unlike an extension, you don't have to lay any new foundations or construct any new walls. Most garages already have functioning electrics, meaning that there will be no need for extra electrical work. Garage conversions are typically single storey structures which are an addition to your existing house. If you own a car or have other vehicles or items that you keep in storage, they are most likely being kept in your garage. Elite builders London can be relied upon to convert your garage from a storage area into a wonderful space that will add value to your home. Our attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction, means that not only will your garage conversion be completed on budget and on time, but also to the highest specifications.
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Could You Benefit From the Additional Space in Your Garage?

When considering where to place an extension on a property, garages are often overlooked, however they can present the perfect option. A garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.

We ask you to consider exactly what you are using your garage for day-to-day.

Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

Most garages become spaces to store old items that you may have no use for ever again. With growing families and requirements for workspaces or larger living spaces, it is very common that extra space within your home would be a superb addition.

Will My Home in Chigwell Be Worth More with a Garage Conversion?

A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Chigwell, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. By keeping our garage conversion costs low, this easy way to extend your home whilst adding value, is extremely cost-effective.

Plus if you have a double garage, only half the space could be converted. Our team of expert engineers could also perform a garage conversion on half of your garage if you have a double on your property. The conversion of half of a double garage ensures that you are not only extending your living space, you are also maintaining storage space within the garage.

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Should You Consider a Chigwell Garage Conversion?

Is your garage space being used wisely?

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. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items. It is no longer the case due to the galvanisation of modern cars that they need to be protected from the elements by being stored in a garage.

So if you can park in the driveway, don’t let this precious asset waste away! By converting your garage in Chigwell, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.

By executing a high quality garage conversion in your home, we can ensure that extra daylight will also increase the greater feeling of space. 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.

Here are some ways that a garage conversion will improve your property

  • Reduced need for indoor parking
  • We can tailor the perfect conversion to suit your home
  • Reduce household clutter
  • Quick option with minimum disruption and stress
  • Can be undertaken without planning permission
  • Increasing the value of your property
  • Large nuclear family
  • Cost-effective
  • Difficult to fit a big vehicle in a 150 ft.² garage
  • Reducing storage space for unwanted items

What Does our Garage Conversion Service in Chigwell Entail?

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, ETEC.  Any council consents that you may require in Chigwell to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Chigwell workspace conversions

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Why not install a functional and elegant office space in your home?

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. 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 offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.

Convert an Extra Bedroom in Chigwell

Why not expand your home in Chigwell? If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members  You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!

Converting storage space in Chigwell

One thing that many households need is 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. In Chigwell, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.

Chigwell kids playroom conversion

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Chigwell When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment 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.

Chigwell living space conversion

Is your Chigwell living room 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?

Planning permission in Chigwell and high quality garage conversions

With the exception of changing the front of the garage or the installation of Windows, the majority of work required for a garage conversion is conducted in-house By undertaking most of the work involved in your garage conversion in-house, your conversion will be considered a permitted development and so planning consents will probably 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. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Chigwell may require formal permission.

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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. 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.

Chigwell based quality garage conversion service

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 Chigwell may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.

Why Not Convert Your Workspace in Chigwell?

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

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. 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 are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.

Chigwell extra bedroom conversions

Why not expand your home in Chigwell? One of the common reasons for this is to live in a cramped house. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.

Why Not Convert for Extra Storage Space in Chigwell?

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from 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. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. In Chigwell, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your families items are safely and securely stored.

Kids playroom conversion in Chigwell

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Chigwell. When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. A playroom can offer them a wonderfully safe environment to play whilst being supervised by you. Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?

Converting your living space in Chigwell

In Chigwell your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there bookworms or movie lovers in your family? You may need a special room for unique activities, massive bookshelves, comfortable chairs, soundproof walls, and atmospheric environment… how does that sound? Our renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind

Garage conversions and planning permission in Chigwell

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.

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This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Chigwell 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. In Chigwell you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a detached garage.

Don’t worry that you will not be able to follow a scheme if your pd rights have been revoked, we are on hand to help you put together well thought out sketches to ask for appropriate permission from householder planning. The cost would be £500 with any additional design fees as extra. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. If you have adjacent neighbours or you reside in a listed building it could be that you will require listed building consents or party wall agreements to undertake a conversion.

Garage conversions and building regulations in Chigwell

By changing the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. Meticulous structural plans drawn up before you begin your garage conversion, can prove to be very useful later in the process.

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. In addition to structural protection, damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), electrical and plumbing are key areas the building control officer or authorised inspector can look at.

Garage conversion considerations and key works in Chigwell

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.

There are sometimes unforeseen problems at the beginning of a conversion such as patchy foundations or issues with internal walls, this is difficult to assess until the main structure has been stripped back, which is the first task for our team. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion

  Inspecting the floor for any improvements

The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. However, concrete floors often make the room to cold so it may be necessary to level them, damp proof them with an acceptable membrane, and insulate them to increase the temperature and retain heat within the conversion. The floors of the main house are probably higher than those of your garage, which means that we can achieve full insulation of the garage floor and the result will simply raise the floor to meet the floor of the main house, producing a step free barrier.

What work will be necessary for my basement conversion?

To ensure that a basement is watertight we will undertake the required work to waterproof it Basements can be affected by rising groundwater therefore it is very important to ensure that your basement is built up to the maximum height of the area. In a normal drainage system moisture or flowing water passes behind the cone, this is why our meticulous builders will install a cavity drain membrane system. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.

  • Should I infill the door?

    Clients generally would like the existing garage door to match the rest of the house, so this could be achieved using masonry infill so that the wall matches the rest of the house. Garage conversions can create additional loads to be supported by the foundations of the building, this will be carefully assessed during the design stage to ensure that your garage foundations can withstand it. 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.

  • Insulating the walls

    The walls of integrated garages are generally designed to exactly the same specifications as those of the main property, meaning that they will not require any extra improvement. 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. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.

Roof insulation

If it is necessary to remove the garage roof at loft level then 270 mm of mineral wood should be used with a pitched covering, 100 millimetres between the joists and then place the rest on top. There is also the possibility of warm roof systems, which are insulated at the rafter level, which may allow the use of rooflights to add more natural daylight.

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.

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Windows and doors

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. For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable hole.

This is also the case for the garage and main house access points. For a more open plan design, we would recommend the use of a reinforcing steel beam. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. Our detail oriented approach means that we will check if any developer has imposed a restrictive agreement on your integrated garage which we will need to purchase prior to the conversion taking place.

It is possible that within the conversion there will be a habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door or directly secured path outside, we will ensure that there is an escape window as per building regulations. 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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Installing heating and electrics

We can provide highly trained industry professionals who can self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations, to install any kind of heating and electrical system necessary. Providing heating and lights in your quality new conversion may result in some additional load being placed on your consumer unit and boiler

If your consumer unit and boiler need to be updated, it is possible that there could be up to £2000 extra added to the project budget Effective led downlights are a good choice for lighting, as they can easily be built into the new ceiling structure Why not consider installing cutting-edge underfloor heating to maximise the interior space in your new conversion?

For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. It is important to bear in mind that it is difficult to ventilate a kitchen or bathroom in a conversion 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.

Price range for garage conversions in Chigwell

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? You can expect to pay in the region of £15 to 25k plus vat for one garage, a simple garage conversion.

What works are included in the price?

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
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Submits building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceilings were necessary
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit skirting and architrave
  • Plaster all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Jet wash drive
  • Gain final building certificates
  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee

Why not get in touch for a free garage conversion consultation?

Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Chigwell.

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?

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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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