Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. Our expert team of industry professionals would highly recommend a garage conversion as a cost-effective and simple way to improve your home for yourself and your family.
Over recent years it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. It is very likely that your garage is overflowing with rubbish and items that you don’t use.
Most households have stored their garages, exercise equipment, toys, or memorabilia, and very often it will take some time to dispose of these things, so they appear to remain in garages for years or even decades. 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.
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? By building one of our superior garage conversions, you are not only adding value to your home but also improving your living space in an extremely cost-effective way
Plus if you have a double garage, only half the space could be converted. Our team of expert engineers could also perform a garage conversion on half of your garage if you have a double on your property. By converting just half of your double garage we can ensure that not only do you still have a space to park your car, but you also receive the benefits of an extended living space.
Large family vehicles and reduced living space means that more and more garages are being wasted in terms of the additional space they could provide for your home. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. Family vehicles used to be stored in garages to protect them from the elements, due to routine galvanising and technological advances, this is no longer necessary.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. 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.
The extra space is not the only advantage that a high quality garage conversion will add to your home, it will also greatly increase the amount of natural light in your living area. 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.
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 Gravesend garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
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. 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. Whatever you require, we can help.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Gravesend If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example 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 Our beautifully designed storage systems are certainly not run-of-the-mill and will revolutionise the way you store items in your house. 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.
A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Gravesend. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. 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?
Is your Gravesend living room a little boring? Are there bookworms or movie lovers 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. 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. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Gravesend 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. 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.
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, etc. 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.
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish 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 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, we can help.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Gravesend 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 Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!
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 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. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Gravesend Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?
In Gravesend your typical living room gets 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.
Unless your garage conversion requires window installation or the changing of the front of the garage, we can perform the majority of the work in-house
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. Most properties in Gravesend will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your detached garage.
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. The overall charge would be £500 and you would have to pay the design fees on top of that. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.
By changing the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.
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 conversions cannot begin until the walls and roof have been completely sealed and made watertight, so this is the first step. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.
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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process
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. The floors of the main house are probably higher than those of your garage, which means that we can achieve full insulation of the garage floor and the result will simply raise the floor to meet the floor of the main house, producing a step free barrier.
You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. As a basement is generally low in a property, it is very important to build it up to ensure that your new conversion is not affected by groundwater. 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. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.
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. 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.
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 We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. 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.
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
It may seem obvious but it is very important to choose high quality windows with appropriate u values for your new conversion. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.
Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. 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. 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.
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. 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.
If your consumer unit and boiler need to be updated, it is possible that there could be up to £2000 extra added to the project budget An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion 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.
It is sensible to bear in mind that if your conversion will include a kitchen or bathroom, the drainage and the water source will need to be dealt with It is important to bear in mind that it is difficult to ventilate a kitchen or bathroom in a conversion 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
Every conversion is completely unique so providing any kind of average cost is very difficult. Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.
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Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Gravesend.
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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