Garage Conversions in Saffron-Walden, Essex


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Saffron-Walden Quality Garage Conversions

Our speciality garage conversions can expand your living room and are tailored to suit any budget. That's because you don't have to pay for laying new foundations or constructing new walls, as opposed to an extension. As most garages are already wired, you probably won't need any electrical work on your garage conversion. The addition of our beautifully designed, single-storey garage conversion, will act as a complement 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. 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

By converting your garage to provide additional living space for your family, you will be using a space that most people simply never consider. Our team of expert designers and builders will be able to provide you with a superb garage conversion that meets your exact specifications.

Are you really using your garage for anything important?

Due to a lack of space, it can become difficult to continue storing a vehicle 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. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need

Will My Home in Saffron-Walden Be Worth More with a Garage Conversion?

A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Saffron-Walden, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. By building one of our superior garage conversions, you are not only adding value to your home but also improving your living space in an extremely cost-effective way

If your property boasts a double garage we could do a superb conversion on only half the space. 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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Is your garage space being used wisely?

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. 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.

By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Saffron-Walden into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.

In addition, a well-made conversion to a garage will carry extra daylight into your home. 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

Our Garage Conversion Services in Saffron-Walden

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

Workspace conversion in Saffron-Walden

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Are you missing a corner of an office in your Saffron-Walden home?

For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.

We can assist you with any kind of lighting scheme, colour scheme, storage idea etc that you may have for your quality garage conversion. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a Home Office, elite builders London can assist you.

Extra Bedroom Conversion in Saffron-Walden

People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Saffron-Walden If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?

Converting storage space in Saffron-Walden

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. Our structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. In Saffron-Walden, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.

Why not convert a kids playroom in Saffron-Walden?

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

Converting your living space in Saffron-Walden

Would you like to improve your living room in Saffron-Walden? 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 skilled team of builders and tradespeople are proficient in designing and completing incredible garage conversions that will excite you and greatly increase the value of your home.

Saffron-Walden planning permission and 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 If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Saffron-Walden.

Within your house deeds there could be a restrictive covenant which requires that the garage be kept as a parking area, these will need to be discharged. In Saffron-Walden you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a detached garage. 

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

Saffron-Walden based quality garage conversion service

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

Converting Your Workspace in Saffron-Walden

Would you like a stylish new office space?

Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful 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 consistently deliver high quality garage conversions because we take the time to understand exactly what you require with regards to lighting, colours, and much more. We will be helping you with the whole package

Saffron-Walden extra bedroom conversions

People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Saffron-Walden 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 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 Saffron-Walden

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from more storage space. And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. Our structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. Our experts will ensure that in Saffron-Walden your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Quality kids playroom conversion in Saffron-Walden

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Saffron-Walden? We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

High quality living space conversion in Saffron-Walden

Would you like to improve your living room in Saffron-Walden? Are there any avid movie watchers or book lovers in your family? Whatever you may want to use your new living room for, we can provide those unique touches to allow you to engage in your favourite activities, for example if you love to read we can install wall-to-wall bookshelves. 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?

Saffron-Walden planning permission and garage conversions

Unless your garage conversion requires window installation or the changing of the front of the garage, we can perform the majority of the work in-house

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As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or pd, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Saffron-Walden. 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. It could be possible that your Saffron-Walden property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

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. The cost would be £500 with any additional design fees as extra. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an 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.

Converting your garage and building regulations in Saffron-Walden

Building regulations help to ensure within the industry that projects are undertaken and completed to the highest standards, your garage conversion would therefore be subject to these. Our team of expert designers can draw complete structural plans before we begin any complicated garage conversion to ensure that the project is completed exactly to your specifications.

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. 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.

Saffron-Walden garage conversion key works and considerations

To prepare any garage for a conversion, the first step is to make sure that the walls and roof are completely sound and watertight. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the existing garage.

The first task will be to strip the main structure, at which stage you get the clearest view of what’s in store yet including why you’re most likely to find unforeseen problems (such as patchy foundations or secret issues in the walls) that could add to costs. Here are some of the highlights

One floor slab

It is highly likely that the existing floor in your garage is solid enough for any of the conversion requirements. Thermal efficiency can be achieved within the new conversion by levelling the floor maybe with a self-levelling liquid screed, damp proofing it with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc,), and insulating 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.

Building work to convert a basement

You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. Our professional building team will ensure that your basement has been raised to the maximum area height in order to successfully 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. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.

  • Infilling the 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 The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate the new loads. Planning allows you to add windows or a glazed access door and bring more daylight into your new space, which can also help to reduce the load.

  • Do I need to insulate the walls?

    Our team of dedicated industry professionals will be able to advise you as to whether you need to insulate the walls of your garage, however, this will generally not be necessary in an integrated garage for example. Attached or detached single skin garages may be insulated internally, typically by erecting stud walls with timbers that are wide enough to accommodate ample insulation (plus an air gap). Our experts builders can also blow insulation into the gap of cavity walls which allows you to preserve all of the internal floor space within the conversion.

How do you insulate roofs?

At loft level, the easiest way to remove the garage roof is to place 270 mm of mineral wood which should be adequate with a pitch covering 100 millimetres between the joists and the rest on top. 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. If you want to maintain height from floor to ceiling, gopher slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.

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Doors and windows

It is very important within a domestic property that the fenestration not only suits the overall style of the home but that it also conforms with the full unit u values of 1.6 w, m2 k for windows, 1.84 doors and meet your safety standards. By operating regular units you can keep costs down Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.

The opening into the main house from the garage can also have any kind of door installed using our innovative design techniques. 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. Because an open plan designed garage conversion may involve more structural adjustments, it could be necessary for a structural engineer to lend his expertise. 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. Any escape window is required by law to have a transparent openable area of at least not 0.33 mm2, it should have a width and height of not less than 450 mm and should be installed in such a way that the bottom opens and creates an area that is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.

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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.

It may be necessary to upgrade your devices to deal with the new electrical circuits and heating loops which could also potentially raise the total budget by £2000. An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion It will be very straightforward for a plumber to install a radiator in the new conversion however to maximise the interior space we would also suggest the installation of slimline underfloor heating

If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. 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.

Quotes for garage conversions in Saffron-Walden

Understandably as garages and conversions come in so many different sizes and designs, we prefer to deliver quotes based on each unique person’s requirements. Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.

For this budget what work can I expect?

Our professional team would undertake the following;

  • 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

Saffron-Walden free garage conversion consultation

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

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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