Garage Conversions in Colchester, Essex


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Quality Garage Conversions in Colchester

If you wish to expand the living space in your front room, a garage conversion is a cost-effective way to do that. Garage conversions are so cost-effective because, unlike an extension, you don't have to lay any new foundations or construct any new walls. Your garage may already have electricity, too. Garage conversions are typically single storey structures which are an addition to your existing house. Typically only used to store vehicles and other items, a garage is generally a space that people don't even consider converting. Elite builders London can be trusted to design and build the ideal garage conversion that will turn the space into something you want. Our many years of industry experience mean that we are adept at completing conversions on time and on budget.
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How Do You Use Your Garage?

Although your garage may be being used as a storage area, it could be the perfect option to provide you with additional living space. Our expert team of industry professionals would highly recommend a garage conversion as a cost-effective and simple way to improve your home for yourself and your family.

You must ask yourself, am I putting my garage to good use?

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. Some years ago it was advisable to keep your car inside a garage. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now not necessary to keep the car inside a garage. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.

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. 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.

Will the Addition of a Garage Conversion Add Value to my Property?

Our extensive industry experience has shown that a garage conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. By keeping our garage conversion costs low, this easy way to extend your home whilst adding value, is extremely cost-effective.

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.

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Why Opt for a Garage Conversion in Colchester?

Do you think that you are using your garage space for anything useful?

It could be that you have prime space for a quality garage conversion, that you are currently just using to store useless items. 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.

If you can park on the street or anywhere outside of your garage, you will be able to utilise this valuable space within the garage. Our expert team of builders will be happy to convert your garage in Colchester into a beautiful additional living space which will also prove to be extremely cost-effective.

By executing a high quality garage conversion in your home, we can ensure that extra daylight will also increase the greater feeling of space. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.

Our beautiful garage conversions can improve your home in a multitude of ways, including:

  • Additional living area
  • Growing family
  • Cost-effective
  • Add value to your home
  • Tailored solution to meet your exact needs
  • Brighten up your home with more daylight access
  • Reduced need for indoor parking
  • Bigger cars may struggle to fit in standard 150 ft.² garages
  • Reduce household clutter
  • Quick option with minimum disruption and stress

What Does our Garage Conversion Service in Colchester Entail?

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 Colchester

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Would you like a brand-new office space in your Colchester home?

For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. Why not contact our expert engineering team today to get more information on the elite builders London process to convert your garage into a unique and beautiful space

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

Colchester High-Quality Extra Bedroom Conversions

People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Colchester If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example 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!

High-quality storage space conversion in Colchester

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 structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. Why not install a storage conversion in Colchester to ensure that yours and your family’s items can be stored in an adequate space.

Quality kids playroom conversion in Colchester

Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Colchester? The playroom may be 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 Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?

Living space conversion in Colchester

Is your Colchester living room a little boring? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? 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. 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?

Colchester 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 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.

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. Most properties in Colchester will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your detached garage.

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Our competent construction team may need to assist you in asking for approval from householder planning if by any chance your PD rights have been revoked. If your garage is connected to the side of your home, it will make the adjoining room lighter and airier by installing glazed doors for entry!

First-class garage conversion services in Colchester

There are many considerations when planning a quality garage conversion, including whether your space will need floor ceiling, insulation, painting, or any other kind of work. Depending on the conversion in Colchester you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Why Not Convert Your Workspace in Colchester?

Do you work from home and need an office in your Colchester property?

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. Why not contact our expert engineering team today to get more information on the elite builders London process to convert your garage into a unique and beautiful space

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

Convert an extra bedroom in Colchester

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example 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?

Converting Storage Space in Colchester

More households need more room to store itself Our beautifully designed storage systems are certainly not run-of-the-mill and will revolutionise the way you store items in your house. Our meticulous engineers can devise an orderly way to store all of your household items, essential documents, towels, etc behind closed doors and in a way that will revolutionise the internal space in your home. In Colchester, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your families items are safely and securely stored.

Colchester quality kids playroom conversion

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Colchester. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.

Living space conversion in Colchester

It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.

Planning permission in Colchester and high quality garage conversions

For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house.

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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. It is highly recommended to check your house deeds to see if your house is subject to any restrictive covenants which only allow your garage to be used as a parking area because if that is the case they will need to be discharged. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Colchester 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. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. Listed building consents (if you reside in a listed house) and party wall agreements with any adjacent neighbours are among the other permits you may need to obtain.

Garage conversions and building regulations in Colchester

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. 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.

Garage conversion key works and considerations in Colchester

The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. The majority of the building work to complete the conversion, will be carried out inside the pre-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. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion

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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. Garage floors appear to be lower than those in the main house so all of this can be integrated and a step free barrier between the two areas can still be reached.

What work will be necessary for my basement conversion?

You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. Our quality basement conversions include increasing the height of the basement to cope with groundwater levels. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our expert team will ensure that moisture or flowing water will continue to pass behind the cone. The installation of a cavity drain system generally requires very little planning or destruction to your property.

  • Infilling the door

    For a high quality garage conversion, we would generally replace the main garage door with brickwork that matches the rest of the house. Our careful attention to detail during the design stage will allow us to assess whether the existing foundations need any modification to withstand the new loads. Our innovative team of designers will carefully assist you to, for example add windows or a glazed access door to the conversion which can increase the natural light in the room and also lighten the load placed on the foundations.

  • Wall insulation

    If your property has an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work. 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.

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. Our professional team can discuss with you the installation of a warm roof system which is insulated at the rafter level.

In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. Our industry professionals can assist you in maintaining the height of your conversion by using slim multi-foil or polysocyanyiltrate (pir) products

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Doors and windows

The fenestration you choose will have to hit the appropriate full unit u values (1.6 w m2 k for windows, 1.84 doors), meet your safety standards, provide sufficient ventilation, and suit your home style. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating 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. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. Be aware of the possibility that if you have an integrated garage there may be restrictive agreements imposed by a developer which will have to be purchased before the conversion can take place.

If you’re building a habitable room that doesn’t have an exterior door, directly secured path, or its own door leading to the outside, then you have to have an escape window. Our dedicated team of professionals can guarantee that any escape window fitted will comply precisely with industry and safety regulations.

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  High-quality heating and electrics installation

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. Your consumer unit and boiler may have to deal with an additional load due to the addition of new electrical circuits and heating loops in the conversion.

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 Heating wise, plumbing will be the cheapest solution in a suitably sized radiator but slimline underfloor heating is a sleek alternative that can maximise floor plan and free up wall space.

Hot and cold water sources would need to be accounted for during the conversion. Another main problem here is ventilation 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.

What can I expect to pay for a garage conversion in Colchester?

Every conversion is completely unique so providing any kind of average cost is very difficult. Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.

What exactly does this price include?

This price would include:

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

Free consultation to discuss your garage conversion

If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Colchester, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.

Call now on 020898780714 for some support or to get a free garage conversion quote.

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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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