Garage Conversions in Harwich, Essex


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Harwich Garage Conversions

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? 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. Our beautiful garage conversions are specially designed to compliment your existing property. 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. 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

When most people consider extending their home in some way, they don’t consider that the garage could be the best way to do this. A high quality garage conversion can provide you with a perfect solution to any space issues that you may have within your current property.

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

Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. Modern car design has meant that garage parking is now not really necessary. By storing rubbish and unwanted items in your garage, you are essentially wasting what could be a beautiful addition to your living space.

Most households clean everywhere but the garage space, meaning that they are normally full of memorabilia and other items that haven’t been cleared out for decades. 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 the Addition of a Garage Conversion Add Value to my Property?

If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? By 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. 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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Should You Consider a Harwich Garage Conversion?

Do you really use your garage space for anything useful?

It is less likely these days that there is ample space in your garage to store your vehicle which means that generally most garage spaces are being wasted. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. 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.

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. Converting a garage in location XXL can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add space to your home and can also add additional value as well the value of the garage conversion would increase in tandem with the house price.

The extra space is not the only advantage that a high quality garage conversion will add to your home, it will also greatly increase the amount of natural light in your living area. 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 beautiful garage conversions can improve your home in a multitude of ways, including:

  • 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 Harwich 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. Your quality garage conversion in Harwich may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.

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Would you like a stylish new office space?

For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Our specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process

Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.

Harwich Extra Bedroom Conversions

Why not expand your home in Harwich? 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. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!

High-quality storage space conversion in Harwich

More households need more room to store itself Our cutting-edge designers have been designing storage systems for years that can completely transform your house in a systematic and orderly way. Our structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. Our detail oriented approach means that your new storage space will allow you to store all of your family’s items in a tidy and efficient manner.

Harwich kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Harwich? When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Living space conversion in Harwich

Is your Harwich living room a little boring? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? You may need a special room for unique activities, massive bookshelves, comfortable chairs, soundproof walls, and atmospheric environment… How does that sound? 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 Harwich

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction 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.

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. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Harwich to apply for formal approval.

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By putting together any design sketches and asking for approval from householder planning, you will still be able to convert your garage even if your PD rights have been revoked. 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.

Harwich 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 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.

Quality Workspace Conversions in Harwich

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

For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. 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 will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.

Convert an extra bedroom in Harwich

In Harwich many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.

Why Not Convert for Extra Storage Space in Harwich?

One thing that many households need is more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. 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. Our detail oriented approach means that your new storage space will allow you to store all of your family’s items in a tidy and efficient manner.

Harwich quality kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Harwich? We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.

Why not consider a living space conversion in Harwich?

Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there any avid movie watchers or book 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 high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Harwich planning permission and garage conversions

For many garage conversions especially integral or attached spaces most of the work is in-house (except the changing the front and installing one or two windows).

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This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Harwich would typically 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. Most properties in Harwich will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your detached garage.

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. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your conversion.

Garage conversions and building regulations in Harwich

By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.

This gives you peace of mind that the drawings have been inspected by building control and confirmed that your conversion will conform to the regulations, if it is constructed according to the approved use guidelines. Within your conversion the key areas a building inspector will be interested in include electrical and plumbing, fire safety (including escape routes), structural protection, damp proofing, ventilation, insulation and energy conservation.

Garage conversion key works and considerations in Harwich

Garage conversions cannot begin until the walls and roof have been completely sealed and made watertight, so this is the first step. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.

Our dedicated team of engineers don’t want any nasty surprises during the construction project which is why we begin every garage conversion by stripping the main structure to ensure that there are strong foundations and walls. To guarantee a high quality conversion, our team will be carrying out work such as this.

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The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. However, to increase the temperature within the garage conversion, it may be necessary to level the floor, damp proof and insulate it. Because the floors of garages are often lower than the floors in the main house, insulating them in a variety of ways is often quite straightforward and will simply raise the level of the garage floor to meet that of the main house.

How can we convert your basement?

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. 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. The installation of a cavity drain system generally requires very little planning or destruction to your property.

  • 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 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. As glass weighs less than brick walls, it is highly recommended that in the initial planning stage you include more glass.

  • Wall insulation

    Usually integrated garages are designed to the same level as the main building, so the walls do not require improvements. Even if you have an attached or detached single skin garage, we can easily internally insulate it with the use of stud walls and timbers which are wide enough to place adequate insulation and an air gap. To preserve the internal floor space of our high quality conversions, we can also blow insulation into the gap in cavity walls.

How can I insulate the 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.

Sometimes it can prove difficult to prevent condensation from entering a flat roof however our competent builders can ensure this will not happen by placing rigid insulation between and under 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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Windows and doors for your conversion

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. It is quite straightforward for our skilled team to install any kind of casements, sash or door sets by creating a suitable whole and inserting as many lintels as necessary.

The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. 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. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.

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. 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 would be happy to provide any kind of heating and electrical infrastructure in your new conversion by using highly trained professionals who can self-certify that their work complies with part p of the building regulations. Providing heating and lights in your quality new conversion may result in some additional load being placed on your consumer unit and boiler

This could potentially add up to £2000 to the total project budget if these devices require updating. 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?

It is sensible to bear in mind that if your conversion will include a kitchen or bathroom, the drainage and the water source will need to be dealt with Another main problem here is ventilation Our expert team will fit a powerful extractor ventilator should you wish to incorporate a bathroom or kitchen into the conversion, to deal with any humidity that may build up in the room

Price range for garage conversions in Harwich

Our detail oriented industry professionals provide quotations based on each individual case. Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.

What works can be included in this estimate?

The following would be included in the price:

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

Harwich free garage conversion consultation

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

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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