Garage Conversions in Folkestone, Kent


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Folkestone Garage Conversions

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? When building an extension to your home, you generally have to lay foundations and build new walls; this is not the case with a garage extension meaning that it can be a much better option. If your garage already has lights and possibly an electric door, there could be no need for any kind of electrical rewiring for your new garage conversion. The addition of our beautifully designed, single-storey garage conversion, will act as a complement to your existing house. Typically only used to store vehicles and other items, a garage is generally a space that people don't even consider converting. Elite builders London can be trusted to design and build the ideal garage conversion that will turn the space into something you want. Our attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction, means that not only will your garage conversion be completed on budget and on time, but also to the highest specifications.
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Most Garages Are Unused Spaces

Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. A high quality garage conversion can provide you with a perfect solution to any space issues that you may have within your current property.

Consider what currently you are using your garage for

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. Modern car design has meant that garage parking is now not really necessary. 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. 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.

Will the Addition of a Garage Conversion Add Value to my Property?

If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? 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.

A conversion on a double garage is also very worthwhile as we can still leave you with half of the garage to use as you wish. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park

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Should You Consider a Folkestone Garage Conversion?

Is your garage space being used wisely?

With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. These days garages seem to get packed with discarded exercise equipment, outdated toys and worthless memorabilia that will take more time to throw away then it is really worth. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.

Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. 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. It is a wonderful addition to any home to convert a garage which has an adjoining room, mainly because the lightness and airiness of the adjoining room is greatly increased.

Generally old garages are used for,

  • Greatly increasing the value of your home
  • A perfectly tailored option to suit your needs
  • Reduction of household unwanted items
  • Can be undertaken with minimum disruption
  • Growing family
  • Expansion of living space
  • Less likely to need to relocate
  • Cost-effective
  • A 150 ft.² garage may not be big enough to fit your vehicle
  • You may not wish to park your car inside a garage
  • Increased daylight entering the house

First-Class Garage Conversion Services in Folkestone

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.  If your first-class Folkestone garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.

Workspace conversion in Folkestone

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Would you like a brand-new office space in your Folkestone home?

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. 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. Whatever you require, we can help.

Extra Bedroom Conversion in Folkestone

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. One of the common reasons for this is to live in a cramped house. 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. It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.

Why not convert for extra storage space in Folkestone?

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires more storage space 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. We can design a unique storage system that will allow you to store everything from essential documents to sports gear in an orderly and controlled way. Our experts will ensure that in Folkestone your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Folkestone kids playroom conversion

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Folkestone 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. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Folkestone living space conversion

In Folkestone your typical living room gets a little boring? 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 renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind

Planning permission in Folkestone and high quality garage conversions

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house. This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Folkestone 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 Folkestone property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

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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. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.

Folkestone based quality garage conversion service

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. If your first-class Folkestone garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.

Quality Workspace Conversions in Folkestone

Would you like a brand-new office space in your Folkestone home?

Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Our ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.

Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.

Convert an extra bedroom in Folkestone

In Folkestone 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 is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!

Why Not Convert for Extra Storage Space in Folkestone?

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. Our structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. In Folkestone, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your families items are safely and securely stored.

Kids playroom conversion in Folkestone

Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Folkestone playroom. 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!

High quality living space conversion in Folkestone

It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there bookworms or movie lovers in your family? Our dedicated team of industry professionals can install anything you may require, such as bookshelves, soundproof walls, create an atmospheric environment, and anything to ensure that your unique living space conversion is the perfect entertainment solution for your home. Our renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind

Planning permission in Folkestone 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. 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. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Folkestone to apply for formal approval.

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. 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.

High-quality garage conversions and building regulations in Folkestone

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 Folkestone 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. 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.

High-quality garage conversion key works and considerations in Folkestone

The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. The majority of the building work to complete the conversion, will be carried out inside the pre-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 are some of the highlights

  Floor evaluation

An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general domestic use. However, to increase the temperature within the garage conversion, it may be necessary to level the floor, damp proof and insulate 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.

How can we convert your basement?

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. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. The installation of a cavity drain system generally requires very little planning or destruction to your property.

  • Infilling 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. 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.

  • High-quality wall insulation

    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. By erecting a stud wall with timbers so there is a wide enough space to place installation, your attached or detached single skin garage can easily be internally insulated. 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.

Roof insulation

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. 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.

Condensation can be highly detrimental to the building structure, therefore flat roofs will require rigid insulation between the ceiling joists and under them 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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Which doors and windows would you suggest?

Our dedication to customer satisfaction means that we will assist you in choosing the perfect windows that not only hit the appropriate u values but that also meet your safety standards, suit the style of your home and provide sufficient ventilation. 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.

Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. By using, for example, a reinforced steel beam, our innovative team can help make your garage conversion feel more open plan. One of our specialist structural engineers may need to make the calculations for this kind of design. However if you have an integrated garage it is possible that a developer may decide that there are restrictive agreements which must be addressed prior to you beginning your conversion.

Our meticulous attention to detail means that we will be very careful that any habitable room which does not have an exit point will 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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Installing heating and electrics

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. Providing heating and lights in your quality new conversion may result in some additional load being placed on your consumer unit and boiler

This could potentially add up to £2000 to the total project budget if these devices require updating. An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion 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. It is important to bear in mind that it is difficult to ventilate a kitchen or bathroom in a conversion 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?

Our detail oriented industry professionals provide quotations based on each individual case. Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.

What works can be included in this estimate?

We would include;

  • Submits building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Dig footing to the front of the garage and supply and fit one 150×100 mm prestressed concrete lintel
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Supply and fit window board
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Supply and fit polythene radon, damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit new insulated door
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Plaster walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Supply and fit skirting and architrave
  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Jet wash drive
  • Gain final building certificates
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee

Free consultation to discuss your garage conversion

If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Folkestone, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.

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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