Garage Conversions in Thaxted, Essex


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Quality Garage Conversions in Thaxted

If you wish to expand the living space in your front room, a garage conversion is a cost-effective way to do that. Because a garage is a pre-existing structure, a conversion can be much cheaper than an extension, which would involve building something completely new. As most garages are already wired, you probably won't need any electrical work on your garage conversion. Our beautiful garage conversions are specially designed to compliment your existing property. 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. Our many years of industry experience mean that we are adept at completing conversions on time and on budget.
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The Garage, and Unused Space

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.

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

Over recent years vehicles have grown in size and unfortunately the size of our living spaces have decreased. The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now not necessary to keep the car inside a garage. It is very likely that your garage is overflowing with rubbish and items that you don’t use.

Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. 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?

We have seen that within Thaxted, a high quality garage conversion can add up to 20% to your home value, whilst also providing extra highly sought after living space. It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions

If your property boasts a double garage we could do a superb conversion on only half the space. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park

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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. 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.

By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. 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.

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

Generally old garages are used for,

  • Unlikely to require planning permission
  • Reduces the need to move to a new house
  • Growing family
  • Brighton the interior of your home with more daylight
  • Add value to your home
  • Reduce household clutter
  • Bigger vehicles may not fit in standard garages
  • Unlikely to require planning permission
  • Reduces the need to move to a new house
  • Additional living space

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

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

Workspace conversion in Thaxted

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

Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! There are an infinite number of design ideas for garage conversions, so why not contact our imaginative design team today? Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.

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, we can help.

Extra Bedroom Conversion in Thaxted

Why not expand your home in Thaxted? 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. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members  It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.

Why not convert for extra storage space in Thaxted?

More households need more room to store itself Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. Our experts will ensure that in Thaxted your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Thaxted kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Thaxted? Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. A playroom conversion will not only give your children a safe environment to play in, it will also offer them privacy. 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.

Thaxted living space conversion

Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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.

Thaxted planning permission and garage conversions

For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house. This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Thaxted would typically not be necessary. 

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. It could be possible that your Thaxted property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

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It is possible that your PD rights may be revoked, however it is still possible for you to ask for approval from householder planning by putting together any design sketches and approaching them for the requisite permissions. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.

Thaxted based quality garage conversion service

There are many considerations when planning a quality garage conversion, including whether your space will need floor ceiling, insulation, painting, or any other kind of work. 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.

Why Not Convert Your Workspace in Thaxted?

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! There are an infinite number of design ideas for garage conversions, so why not contact our imaginative design team today? Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.

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, we can help.

Thaxted extra bedroom conversions

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!

Thaxted Storage Space Conversion

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires 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 structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. Why not install a storage conversion in Thaxted to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.

Why not convert a kids playroom in Thaxted?

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Thaxted Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. 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?

Converting your living space in Thaxted

Would you like to improve your living room in Thaxted? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms 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.

Planning permission in Thaxted and high quality garage conversions

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted 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 Thaxted. 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. It could be possible that your Thaxted property requires formal permission to change the designated 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. By completing and submitting an application to householder planning, you would be covered should you desire any major structural changes during the conversion. 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.

Thaxted building regulations and converting your garage

By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet the building regulations. Meticulous structural plans drawn up before you begin your garage conversion, can prove to be very useful later in the process.

Building control will look over your structural plans and will be able to confirm that there are within the building regulations, ensuring that the construction of your conversion also conforms to these 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.

Thaxted garage conversion key works and considerations

Garage conversions cannot begin until the walls and roof have been completely sealed and made watertight, so this is the first step. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the existing garage.

By stripping back the main structure of the garage to expose the foundations and the walls, we can ensure that these can be strengthened primarily to avoid any unforeseen issues further down the line. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion

One floor slab

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. However, to increase the temperature within the garage conversion, it may be necessary to level the floor, damp proof and insulate it. 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.

Builders working in the basement conversion

It is very important to ensure that the foundations of a basement are watertight All basements should be built up to the maximum retained height of the area 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. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and disruption

  • Replacement of the door

    For a high quality garage conversion, we would generally replace the main garage door with brickwork that matches the rest of the house. Our careful attention to detail during the design stage will allow us to assess whether the existing foundations need any modification to withstand the new loads. 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.

  • 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 We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. 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.

Will it be necessary to insulate my roof?

It is a very simple process for our skilled builders to remove the garage roof at loft level. Our professional team can discuss with you the installation of a warm roof system which is insulated at the rafter level.

In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. If you want to maintain height from floor to ceiling, gopher slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.

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What kind of doors and windows can I install?

The fenestration you choose will have to hit the appropriate full unit u values (1.6 w m2 k for windows, 1.84 doors), meet your safety standards, provide sufficient ventilation, and suit your home style. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.

Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. For a more open plan design, we would recommend the use of a reinforcing steel beam. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. Our wealth of experience in producing high quality conversions means that we understand that a developer may impose restrictive agreements prior to your conversion if you have an integrated garage, so we are on hand to help with this.

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. 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

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. 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 is wise to note that an upgrade of your boiler or consumer units could result in £2000 extra being added to the final cost. For a new ceiling structure in a quality garage conversion we would suggest the use of led downlights to illuminate the room effectively. A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to radiators.

For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. Another main problem here is 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

Will a garage conversion be expensive?

Every conversion is completely unique so providing any kind of average cost is very difficult. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.

What work can I expect to be included in the price?

Our professional team would 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

Thaxted free garage conversion consultation

Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Thaxted.

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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