Garage Conversions in Southminster, Essex


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Southminster Quality Garage Conversions

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? If you want to extend your home without building a completely new structure, then a garage conversion could be the perfect solution. Most garages already have functioning electrics, meaning that there will be no need for extra electrical work. 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. Allow our expert engineering team to design and deliver a wonderfully spacious garage conversion that will be an amazing addition to your home. If you would like an extra room in your home, why not contact our dedicated staff today to discuss our high quality garage conversion service?
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How Do You Use Your Garage?

Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. If you have a growing family, or just need extra space, a garage conversion can be a very cost-effective and practical exercise providing you with a tailor-made solution to meet your exact needs.

It is worthwhile to think about whether you are using your garage for anything important or not.

Due to a lack of space, it can become difficult to continue storing a vehicle in a garage. Some years ago most people used to simply use the garage for storing their car. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. It is highly likely that you are wasting the space of your garage by filling it with rubbish and other unwanted belongings.

Most garages become spaces to store old items that you may have no use for ever again. Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need

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

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.

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 is ideal for those who wish to enjoy additional space in their homes interior, whilst still maintaining a place to park their car.

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Do You Need a High-Quality Garage Conversion?

Consider how well you are using your garage space.

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. We routinely convert garages that are simply being used as storage spaces for unwanted household items. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.

Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. By converting your garage in Southminster, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.

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. 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

First-Class Garage Conversion Services in Southminster

No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, ETEC our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. If your first-class Southminster garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.

Southminster workspace conversions

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

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. 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

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 Southminster

In Southminster 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. If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. 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?

High-quality storage space conversion in Southminster

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from more storage space. Our ingenious team understands that storage space has to adapt and grow along with your family, that is why our storage systems are designed specifically for you. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.

Quality kids playroom conversion in Southminster

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Southminster. 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. If you would like to discuss with our innovative design team the possibility of converting your garage into a beautiful children’s playroom, contact our friendly team today.

Converting your living space in Southminster

Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there bookworms or movie 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. 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.

Converting your garage and planning permission in Southminster

For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house. If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Southminster.

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

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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. 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.

What does our garage conversion service in Southminster entail?

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

Why Not Convert Your Workspace in Southminster?

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

Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful home office space. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. Our specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.

Southminster high quality extra bedroom conversions

Why not expand your home in Southminster? If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?

Southminster Storage Space Conversion

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from 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 detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. 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.

Why not convert a kids playroom in Southminster?

Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Southminster playroom. When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. A playroom conversion will not only give your children a safe environment to play in, it will also offer them privacy. 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 Southminster

In Southminster your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms 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.

Southminster 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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Planning consent in Southminster is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (pd). 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. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Southminster to apply for formal approval.

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. There would be a charge of £500, plus design fees. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.

Converting your garage and building regulations in Southminster

Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would be subject to 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. 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.

High-quality garage conversion key works and considerations in Southminster

The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. We will then work within the existing garage for the majority of the project.

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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process

  Inspecting the floor for any improvements

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. 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.

How can we convert your basement?

The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. Basements can be affected by rising groundwater therefore it is very important to ensure that your basement is built up to the maximum height of the area. In a normal drainage system moisture or flowing water passes behind the cone, this is why our meticulous builders will install a cavity drain membrane system. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.

  • Should I infill the door?

    The most popular route is to replace the main garage door with traditional walling matching the rest of the house, such as a masonry infill completely to and bonded into the existing brickwork. 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. 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.

  • Insulating the walls

    If you have an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work as they will be exactly the same as those of the main house 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. Don’t worry about losing any precious floor space by insulating your walls as our skilled team can blow insulation into the gap in your existing 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. Not only can we install a warm roof system into your quality conversion, we can also include multiple rooflights which greatly increase the natural daylight.

In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. 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

It may seem obvious but it is very important to choose high quality windows with appropriate u values for your new conversion. If you are interested in keeping costs down, you can try to operate on regular units. Our sophisticated engineering techniques involve punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels to ensure the installation of casements, door sets and sashes to the highest standard.

This is also the case for the garage and main house access points. By using, for example, a reinforced steel beam, our innovative team can help make your garage conversion feel more open plan. It is possible that the calculations for this will require a structural engineer. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.

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. 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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Electrics and heating

We would always suggest employing trained professionals to install any kind of heating and electrics infrastructure and to require them to self-certify their work under 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

It is possible that we may need to update these devices to handle the extra load and depending on their make, this could cost up to £2000. Our attention to detail means that we want to ensure that your conversion is well lit by installing effective led downlights. A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to radiators.

Hot and cold water sources would need to be accounted for during the conversion. One possible problem here could be ventilation The addition of a bathroom or kitchen to your conversion may mean that you also need to install a powerful extractor ventilator so that there will be no humidity buildup

Price range for garage conversions in Southminster

We aim to complete every quality garage conversion to the highest standard possible whilst remaining within your budget, so why not request a site visit today from one of our expert designers? You can expect to pay in the region of £15 to 25k plus vat for one garage, a simple garage conversion.

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

Why not contact our Southminster team today for a 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.

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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