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.
Over recent years it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties. Some years ago most people used to simply use the garage for storing their car. 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 people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. As we generally need living space more than we need storage space, we are often overlooking a very cost-effective and simple way to enlarge our home.
A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Portsmouth, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. So if the project cost is less than the added value to your land, this works out as a cost-effective way to add more rooms.
If you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage. Allow our expert builders to convert half of your double garage so you can enjoy additional living space combined with garage parking.
With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Our high quality garage conversions in Portsmouth are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.
If your property would benefit by extra daylight, one of our quality garage conversions could be the perfect solution. If your garage is connected to the side of your home, it will make the adjoining room lighter and airier by installing glazed doors for entry!
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. If your first-class Portsmouth garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
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 ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
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 are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
Why not expand your home in Portsmouth? Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason 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. Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
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 experts will ensure that in Portsmouth your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Portsmouth? Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. A playroom can offer them a wonderfully safe environment to play whilst being supervised by you. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
Are you getting bored of your living space? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
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). If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Portsmouth.
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. In Portsmouth you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a detached garage.
Don’t worry that you will not be able to follow a scheme if your PD rights have been revoked, we are on hand to help you put together well thought out sketches to ask for appropriate permission from householder planning. Our team of skilled builders can install glazed doors between your beautiful garage conversion and the adjoining room, which will greatly increase the light and internal space.
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.
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. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. Our specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process
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. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.
There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our cutting-edge designers have been designing storage systems for years that can completely transform your house in a systematic and orderly way. Our 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 Portsmouth to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Portsmouth You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Our renovation specialists will help you design and transform your children’s healthy, comfortable, good-looking, and functional room, get in touch with us now!
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? Our talented team of designers can personalise your living room for any kind of unique activity, for example we can install soundproof walls, massive bookshelves, comfortable chairs, or anything else you may need. 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?
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).
As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or pd, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Portsmouth. 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 Portsmouth will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the 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. There would be a charge of £500, plus design fees. If you want to drastically alter the exterior appearance, such as making major changes to the windows, using new materials, or incorporating an extension, a complete application would also be required 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.
As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then be subject to the building regulations When beginning complex Portsmouth garage conversions, our first class design team highly recommend drawing up structural plans before the project begins.
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. By inspecting the key areas of the conversion construction a building control officer or authorised inspector can provide additional assurance that key areas such as ventilation, insulation and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), are all built to conform with the building regulations.
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.
There are sometimes unforeseen problems at the beginning of a conversion such as patchy foundations or issues with internal walls, this is difficult to assess until the main structure has been stripped back, which is the first task for our team. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. However, concrete floors often make the room to cold so it may be necessary to level them, damp proof them with an acceptable membrane, and insulate them to increase the temperature and retain heat within the conversion. 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.
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 theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. The installation of a cavity drain system generally requires very little planning or destruction to your property.
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. It is very important that the foundations of your garage can withstand the extra weight of the conversion, we will assess this thoroughly during the design stage. Our innovative team of designers will carefully assist you to, for example add windows or a glazed access door to the conversion which can increase the natural light in the room and also lighten the load placed on the foundations.
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. If your property has an attached or detached single skin garage, our dedicated team of tradesmen can erect a stud wall inside the garage, allowing it to be insulated internally. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
It is a very simple process for our skilled builders to remove the garage roof at loft level. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.
In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. It is very important to maintain the original height of the room that is being converted, and we achieve this by using the latest in slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.
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. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating 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.
The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. 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. One of our specialist structural engineers may need to make the calculations for this kind of design. Be aware of the possibility that if you have an integrated garage there may be restrictive agreements imposed by a developer which will have to be purchased before the conversion can take place.
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. Our dedicated team of professionals can guarantee that any escape window fitted will comply precisely with industry and safety regulations.
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. Why not consider installing cutting-edge underfloor heating to maximise the interior space in your new conversion?
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. Ventilation could be an issue. Opening windows, fitted with trickle vents, will be sufficient in most cases but if you incorporate a bathroom or kitchen, you will need a powerful enough extractor ventilator to manage the buildup of humidity.
Our detail oriented industry professionals provide quotations based on each individual case. However our industry experience means that we can estimate that a simple garage conversion will work out to be roughly £15 to 25k plus vat.
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If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Portsmouth, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.
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?
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
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.
By ensuring that the exterior of the garage remains untouched, you can avoid these restrictions.
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.
Yes, we are comprehensively insured
All of our high quality garage conversions are covered with a 15 year company guarantee.
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