Garage Conversions in Southampton, Hampshire


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Southampton Garage Conversions

Converting your garage is a relatively low-cost way to expand your living room Garage conversions are so cost-effective because, unlike an extension, you don't have to lay any new foundations or construct any new walls. It is possible that your garage conversion can be completed without the need for an electrician's help as it is probably already wired for use. Our beautiful garage conversions are specially designed to compliment your existing property. It is very common within domestic properties to use garages as storage areas. Our trusted and professional team of builders will be happy to design and execute a beautiful and unique garage conversion.  We will not waste either time or money when converting your garage into a beautiful living space.
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Most Garages Are Unused Spaces

By converting your garage to provide additional living space for your family, you will be using a space that most people simply never consider. A high quality garage conversion can provide you with a perfect solution to any space issues that you may have within your current property.

Are you really using your garage for anything important?

Our living spaces have grown progressively smaller over recent years therefore it can often be a waste of space to be keeping a car in a garage. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. The advancement of modern cars is greatly reducing the need for garage parking. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

Most garages become spaces to store old items that you may have no use for ever again. By not using this precious garage space, we are struggling with a smaller living space that could easily be enlarged.

Do Garage Conversions Add Value to Your Home in Southampton?

Not only will you be able to add up to 20% to your home’s value by adding a quality garage conversion, you will also greatly increase your home’s interior space. It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions

If you have a double garage attached to your property, we could perform a conversion on half of it leaving the other half as space for storage. 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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Why Opt for a Garage Conversion in Southampton?

Consider how well you are using your garage space.

It could be that you have prime space for a quality garage conversion, that you are currently just using to store useless items. We routinely convert garages that are simply being used as storage spaces for unwanted household items. It used to be the case before cars were galvanised that you would need to protect the car by storing it in the garage.

So if you can park in the driveway, don’t let this precious asset waste away! 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.

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

Generally old garages are used for,

  • 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

Southampton Based Quality Garage Conversion Service

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.  Your quality garage conversion in Southampton 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?

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways.  Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.

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. 

Convert an Extra Bedroom in Southampton

Why not expand your home in Southampton? 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. Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?

Storage space conversion in Southampton

More households need more room to store itself 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. 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.

Quality kids playroom conversion in Southampton

Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Southampton? 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?

Southampton living space conversion

In Southampton your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there any avid movie watchers or book lovers in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? 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?

Southampton 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). Planning consent in Southampton 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. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Southampton may require formal permission.

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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. 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!

First-class garage conversion services in Southampton

No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, etc. our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. Any council consents that you may require in Southampton to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Workspace Conversion in Southampton

Are you missing a corner of an office in your Southampton 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? 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 can assist you with any kind of lighting scheme, colour scheme, storage idea etc that you may have for your quality garage conversion. We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.

Southampton high quality extra bedroom conversions

Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. 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.

Converting Storage Space in Southampton

One thing that many households need is 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. 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 Southampton your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Why not convert a kids playroom in Southampton?

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Southampton? The playroom may be as open or as closed as you wish Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Southampton living space conversion

Would you like to improve your living room in Southampton? Are there bookworms or movie lovers in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Planning permission in Southampton and high quality 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

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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. 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. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Southampton may require formal permission.

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. The overall charge would be £500 and you would have to pay the design fees on top of that. By completing and submitting an application to householder planning, you would be covered should you desire any major structural changes during the conversion. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.

Southampton building regulations and converting your garage

Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would be subject to the building regulations. When beginning complex Southampton 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.

Garage conversion considerations and key works in Southampton

Our dedicated team of expert engineers will ensure that the walls and roof of your garage are sound and watertight before the conversion work will begin. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the existing garage.

The first step in a quality garage conversion is to strip back the main structure to see whether they could be any unforeseen issues such as at foundations or any problems with the walls. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion

  Checking the existing floor

An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general domestic use. 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. Our expert team of engineers are highly adept at insulating garage floors in a way that will simply place them on the same level as the floors 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. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.

  • Changing the door

    Clients generally would like the existing garage door to match the rest of the house, so this could be achieved using masonry infill so that the wall matches the rest of the house. The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate 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.

  • Wall insulation

    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 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. 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.

Insulating your roof

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. There is also the possibility of warm roof systems, which are insulated at the rafter level, which may allow the use of rooflights to add more natural daylight.

A good way to prevent condensation from entering the flat roof of your conversion, is to place installation around the ceiling joists and ensure that there is a ventilation gap above. It is often a concern that the conversion will decrease the height from floor-to-ceiling, however our innovative design techniques involve the use of slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate products which means that no height will be lost in the conversion process.

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Which doors and windows would you suggest?

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. If you are interested in keeping costs down, you can try to operate 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 same is true of main house and garage openings To achieve a modern, open plan design, we would use a reinforced steel beam over a large area. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. 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. This must have a width and height of not less than 450 mm, a transparent openable area of at least 0.33 mm2 and should be located in such a way that the bottom of the openable area is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.

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Electrics and heating

It is highly recommended that any work carried out on your heating and electrical systems is self-certified by trained professionals under part p of the building regulations. You will most likely need new electrical circuits and heating loops which will place additional loads on your consumer units 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. We will also of course help you to design a lighting concept in your new conversion and many times will suggest led downlights as they can be integrated easily into the new ceiling 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. Ventilation could be an issue. The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop

Will a garage conversion be expensive?

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.

What exactly does this price include?

The following would be included in the price:

  • 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

Southampton 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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