When considering where to place an extension on a property, garages are often overlooked, however they can present the perfect option. A high quality garage conversion can provide you with a perfect solution to any space issues that you may have within your current property.
Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. 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. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.
Most households clean everywhere but the garage space, meaning that they are normally full of memorabilia and other items that haven’t been cleared out for decades. Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need
We have seen that within Kent, a high quality garage conversion can add up to 20% to your home value, whilst also providing extra highly sought after living space. By performing extensive calculations, our expert team will ensure that your garage conversion works out as the most cost-effective way to add additional rooms to your property.
If you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage. 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.
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 From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items. 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.
So if you can park in the driveway, don’t let this precious asset waste away! Our expert team of builders will be happy to convert your garage in Kent into a beautiful additional living space which will also prove to be extremely cost-effective.
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!
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. If your first-class Kent garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
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. Our ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
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.
In Kent 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. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. 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?
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 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 Kent your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Kent 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. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
Is your Kent living room a little boring? Are there any avid movie watchers or book lovers in your family? 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. 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.
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 Kent.
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. Most properties in Kent 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. 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. Any council consents that you may require in Kent to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
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. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
In Kent many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home 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. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!
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 meticulous engineers can devise an orderly way to store all of your household items, essential documents, towels, etc behind closed doors and in a way that will revolutionise the internal space in your home. Why not install a storage conversion in Kent to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Kent? We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages A playroom can offer them a wonderfully safe environment to play whilst being supervised by you. 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!
In Kent 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 renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind
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 Kent would typically 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. It could be possible that your Kent 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. 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. You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your conversion.
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.
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. It is highly recommendable that a building control officer or inspector looks at your garage conversion because they can give advice regarding a large number of issues such as damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, structural protection and many more.
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. 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. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion
An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general 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. 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.
You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. All basements should be built up to the maximum retained height of the area to cope with groundwater levels 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. Garage conversions can create additional loads to be supported by the foundations of the building, this will be carefully assessed during the design stage to ensure that your garage foundations can withstand it. As glass weighs less than brick walls, it is highly recommended that in the initial planning stage you include more glass.
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). Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
It is quite straightforward to remove the garage roof at loft level enabling our specialist team to place 217 mm of mineral words with a pitched covering, hundred millimetres between the joists and the rest on top to successfully insulate the roof. 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.
Sometimes it can prove difficult to prevent condensation from entering a flat roof however our competent builders can ensure this will not happen by placing rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists. 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.
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. For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable 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. It is possible that the calculations for this will require a structural engineer. 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.
We will always fit an escape window into any habitable room that doesn’t have an exit to ensure that all building and safety regulations are being met. 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.
The best way to get this infrastructure in place is by recruiting trained professionals to self-certify their work 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 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. Our attention to detail means that we want to ensure that your conversion is well lit by installing effective led downlights. 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. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom it will be wise to consider how you will ventilate it Our expert team will fit a powerful extractor ventilator should you wish to incorporate a bathroom or kitchen into the conversion, to deal with any humidity that may build up in the room
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. You can expect to pay in the region of £15 to 25k plus vat for one garage, a simple garage conversion.
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If you are interested in a Kent custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
Call now on 020898780714 for some support or to get a free garage conversion quote.
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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