When considering where to place an extension on a property, garages are often overlooked, however they can present the perfect option. Our team of expert designers and builders will be able to provide you with a superb garage conversion that meets your exact specifications.
Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. 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. By storing rubbish and unwanted items in your garage, you are essentially wasting what could be a beautiful addition to your living space.
Most garages become spaces to store old items that you may have no use for ever again. 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.
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. 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 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. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park
With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. Modern cars are routinely galvanised meaning that they do not need to be protected from inclement weather in a garage.
By parking outside of the garage you will free up the internal space for one of our beautiful garage conversions. 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.
Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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 Canterbury 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. The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.
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.
There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. 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 You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!
It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. Why not install a storage conversion in Canterbury to ensure that yours and your family’s items can be stored in an adequate space.
Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Canterbury? When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it 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 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!
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.
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 Planning consent in Canterbury is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (PD).
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 Canterbury 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.
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 Canterbury to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. 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
Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
Why not expand your home in Canterbury? 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. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.
One thing that many households need is more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. 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. Our experts will ensure that in Canterbury 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 Canterbury? We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. 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? 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 integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.
If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Canterbury. Some modern buildings are subject to restrictive covenants requiring that the garage be maintained as a parking area, which will need to be discharged (check the deeds to find out if this is true). In Canterbury you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a detached garage.
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. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. You would be required to submit a completed application if your project involves any major structural changes to the exterior of the property. Listed building consents (if you reside in a listed house) and party wall agreements with any adjacent neighbours are among the other permits you may need to obtain.
By changing the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. With more complex Canterbury garage conversion projects you might prefer to have complete structural plans drawn up.
Once we have completed detailed structural plans, our reliable team will pass them to building control to be inspected who will then make sure that your conversion conforms to all the 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.
The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. The majority of the work will then take place 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 are some of the highlights
Normally, the concrete floor within a garage can withstand any kind of general domestic use. However, to achieve sufficient thermal efficiency, it will need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp proofed with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc) and insulated. 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.
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. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.
Our industry professionals would generally suggest a masonry infill completed and bonded into the existing brickwork as a dependable option to replace the main garage door. 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. 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.
If your property has an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work. 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). If your building has cavity walls, then we will not require stud walls to be built, we can simply blow insulation into the gap which means that all of the internal space is retained.
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. Our professional team can discuss with you the installation of a warm roof system which is insulated at the rafter level.
We are committed to delivering the highest quality conversion possible which includes ensuring that the roof does not allow condensation to enter which for flat roof will involve the installation of rigid insulation in the ceiling joists. Our industry professionals can assist you in maintaining the height of your conversion by using slim multi-foil or polysocyanyiltrate (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. Operating regular units can also be a cost-effective solution 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. To achieve a modern, open plan design, we would use a reinforced steel beam over a large area. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. Our detail oriented approach means that we will check if any developer has imposed a restrictive agreement on your integrated garage which we will need to purchase prior to the conversion taking 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. We can ensure that all building and safety regulations will be closely followed when installing an escape window.
We can provide highly trained industry professionals who can self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations, to install any kind of heating and electrical system necessary. 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. Effective led downlights are a good choice for lighting, as they can easily be built into the new ceiling structure Heating wise, plumbing will be the cheapest solution in a suitably sized radiator but slimline underfloor heating is a sleek alternative that can maximise floor plan and free up wall space.
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. Another main problem here is ventilation 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. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.
The following would be included in the price:
If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Canterbury, 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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