By converting your garage to provide additional living space for your family, you will be using a space that most people simply never consider. If you have a growing family, or just need extra space, a garage conversion can be a very cost-effective and practical exercise providing you with a tailor-made solution to meet your exact needs.
Over recent years vehicles have grown in size and unfortunately the size of our living spaces have decreased. The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.
Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. Most households would definitely appreciate extra space within their property.
Our extensive industry experience has shown that a garage conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. By keeping our garage conversion costs low, this easy way to extend your home whilst adding value, is extremely cost-effective.
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. The conversion of half of a double garage ensures that you are not only extending your living space, you are also maintaining storage space within the garage.
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. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.
If you can park on the street or anywhere outside of your garage, you will be able to utilise this valuable space within the garage. 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. 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.
To perform one of our high quality garage conversions, our dedicated team of engineers need to be very careful and consider your exact requirements on a case-by-case basis Any council consents that you may require in Maidstone to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. There are an infinite number of design ideas for garage conversions, so why not contact our imaginative design team today? Our specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process
We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! Whatever you require, we can help.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Maidstone One of the common reasons for this is to live in a cramped house. It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. 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 how about a whole new bedroom for you?
One thing that many households need is 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. 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 Maidstone 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 Maidstone? You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. 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?
Would you like to improve your living room in Maidstone? 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, anything to ensure that your unique living space conversion is the perfect entertainment solution for your home. 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 If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Maidstone.
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. In Maidstone 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. 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 perform one of our high quality garage conversions, our dedicated team of engineers need to be very careful and consider your exact requirements on a case-by-case basis 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.
With the increasing rise of remote workers, converting your garage into a stylish home office space could be the perfect solution for you to enjoy working from home. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. 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 are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Maidstone 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 Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay Why not keep the bedroom conversion for 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. 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 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 Maidstone. You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. A playroom conversion will not only give your children a safe environment to play in, it will also offer them privacy. 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!
Would you like to improve your living room in Maidstone? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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 renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind
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
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. 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. It could be possible that your Maidstone property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.
Don’t worry that you will not be able to follow a scheme if your pd rights have been revoked, we are on hand to help you put together well thought out sketches to ask for appropriate permission from householder planning. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Depending upon the property where you wish to carry out the conversion, we may need to apply for various permits, for example if you reside in a listed building, or you have adjacent neighbours.
Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would be subject to the building regulations. With more complex Maidstone garage conversion projects you might prefer to have complete structural plans drawn up.
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. In addition to structural protection, damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), electrical and plumbing are key areas the building control officer or authorised inspector can look at.
The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the existing garage.
The first task will be to strip the main structure, at which stage you get the clearest view of what’s in store yet including why you’re most likely to find unforeseen problems (such as patchy foundations or secret issues in the walls) that could add to costs. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
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. Garage floors appear to be lower than those in the main house so all of this can be integrated and a step free barrier between the two areas can still be reached.
It is very important to ensure that the foundations of a basement are watertight 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. In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and 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 your property has an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work. We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. Don’t worry about losing any precious floor space by insulating your walls as our skilled team can blow insulation into the gap in your existing cavity walls.
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. Not only can we install a warm roof system into your quality conversion, we can also include multiple rooflights which greatly increase the 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. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.
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. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. 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.
The opening into the main house from the garage can also have any kind of door installed using our innovative design techniques. By using, for example, a reinforced steel beam, our innovative team can help make your garage conversion feel more open plan. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.
It is possible that within the conversion there will be a habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door or directly secured path outside, we will ensure that there is an escape window as per building regulations. Our dedicated team of professionals can guarantee that any escape window fitted will comply precisely with industry and safety regulations.
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 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. 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 It will be very straightforward for a plumber to install a radiator in the new conversion however to maximise the interior space we would also suggest the installation of slimline underfloor heating
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 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
Every conversion is completely unique so providing any kind of average cost is very difficult. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.
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If you are interested in a Maidstone custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
Our approachable sales team is waiting for your call on (020) 8987 8071 should you need a free garage conversion quote or simply some advice.
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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