Garage Conversions in Harlow, Essex


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Quality Garage Conversions in Harlow

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. It is possible that your garage conversion can be completed without the need for an electrician's help as it is probably already wired for use. Designed with your existing property in mind, our garage conversions are based on a unique single storey design. Typically only used to store vehicles and other items, a garage is generally a space that people don't even consider converting. Our proven track record in the designing and building of garage conversions, means that you can be confident that we can turn your garage space into something very special. We will not waste either time or money when converting your garage into a beautiful living space.
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The Garage, and Unused Space

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.

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. 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. 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.

Do Garage Conversions Add Value to Your Home in Harlow?

Not only will you be able to add up to 20% to your home’s value by adding a quality garage conversion, you will also greatly increase your home’s interior 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.  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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Why Not Consider a Quality Garage Conversion in Harlow?

Do you really use your garage space for anything useful?

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. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items. Family vehicles used to be stored in garages to protect them from the elements, due to routine galvanising and technological advances, this is no longer necessary.

Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Harlow into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.

Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.

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

  • 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

Why not Convert Your Garage with our High-Quality Service in Harlow?

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 Depending on the conversion in Harlow you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Workspace conversion in Harlow

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

Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! 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

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. Whatever you require, we can help.

Quality Extra Bedroom Conversions in Harlow

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 If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?

Storage space conversion in Harlow

It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our cutting-edge designers have been designing storage systems for years that can completely transform your house in a systematic and orderly way. 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 Harlow, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.

Kids Playroom Conversion in Harlow

Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Harlow playroom. You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. 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?

Harlow living space conversion

Is your Harlow living room 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

Harlow 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 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 Harlow may require formal permission.

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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. 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.

Our garage conversion services in Harlow

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 Depending on the conversion in Harlow you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Workspace Conversion in Harlow

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

Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! 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.

We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.

Harlow high quality extra bedroom conversions

In Harlow many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home 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 Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?

Storage Space Conversion in Harlow

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from more storage space. Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. We can design a unique storage system that will allow you to store everything from essential documents to sports gear in an orderly and controlled way. Why not install a storage conversion in Harlow to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.

Harlow quality kids playroom conversion

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Harlow 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 renovation specialists will help you design and transform your children’s healthy, comfortable, good-looking, and functional room, get in touch with us now!

Harlow living space conversion

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? Our dedicated team of industry professionals can install anything you may require, such as bookshelves, soundproof walls, create an atmospheric environment, and 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?

High quality garage conversions in Harlow and planning permission

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

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If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Harlow. 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 Harlow may require formal permission.

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. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. 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 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.

High-quality garage conversions and building regulations in Harlow

By changing the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.

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. It is highly recommendable that a building control officer or inspector looks at your garage conversion because they can give advice regarding a large number of issues such as damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, structural protection and many more.

High-quality garage conversion key works and considerations in Harlow

The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. 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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process

  Floor evaluation

Unless there is a pre-existing structural problem, the concrete floor in your garage should be solid enough to accommodate whatever use you are planning for your conversion. By levelling the pre-existing concrete floor, damp proofing it and insulating it, we can ensure thermal efficiency within the new conversion. When insulating the garage floor, our sophisticated construction techniques will generally result in a slightly higher garage floor that can be integrated with the floor of the main house.

To convert my basement, what needs to be done?

Waterproofing a basement makes sure the foundation is watertight 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. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.

  • Installing and infilling a new door

    By using masonry infill to match your new garage door and wall into the existing brickwork of the house, our specialists builders can successfully blend your conversion with 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. Not only will increased windows or patio doors in your conversion increase the light that can enter, it will also lighten the load placed upon the garage foundations.

  • Wall insulation

    Usually integrated garages are designed to the same level as the main building, so the walls do not require improvements. If your property has an attached or detached single skin garage, our dedicated team of tradesmen can erect a stud wall inside the garage, allowing it to be insulated internally. 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?

It is quite straightforward to remove the garage roof at loft level enabling our specialist team to place 217 mm of mineral words with a pitched covering, hundred millimetres between the joists and the rest on top to successfully insulate the roof. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.

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. If you want to maintain height from floor to ceiling, gopher slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.

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Which doors and windows would you suggest?

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. 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. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. However if you have an integrated garage it is possible that a developer may decide that there are restrictive agreements which must be addressed prior to you beginning your 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. An escape window must have an openable area that is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage, a transparent openable area of at least not 0.33 mm2 and should also have a width and height of not less than 450 mm.

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  High-quality heating and electrics installation

It is highly recommended that any work carried out on your heating and electrical systems is self-certified by trained professionals 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

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. One possible problem here could be 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.

Quotes for garage conversions in Harlow

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 work can I expect to be included in the price?

We 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

Harlow free garage conversion consultation

We can answer any questions that you may have regarding your beautiful Harlow custom garage conversion.

The best way to know if one of our high quality garage conversions is the right option for you is simply to give us a call on (020) 8987 8071 and allow us to talk you through the process or give you a free 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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