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 garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.
Due to a lack of space, it can become difficult to continue storing a vehicle in a garage. Some years ago it was advisable to keep your car inside a garage. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. It is very likely that your garage is overflowing with rubbish and items that you don’t use.
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. With growing families and requirements for workspaces or larger living spaces, it is very common that extra space within your home would be a superb addition.
A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Margate, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. 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.
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.
It is highly likely that your garage space is simply being wasted when it could be turned into a valuable addition to your living 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.
Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. By converting your garage in Margate, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.
If your property would benefit by extra daylight, one of our quality garage conversions could be the perfect solution. 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.
No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, ETEC our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. If your first-class Margate garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
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. 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. We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. 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. You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!
It is highly likely that your house would benefit from 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. 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 experts will ensure that in Margate 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 Margate When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
Would you like to improve your living room in Margate? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms in your family? Whatever you may want to use your new living room for, we can provide those unique touches to allow you to engage in your favourite activities, for example if you love to read we can install wall-to-wall bookshelves. Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
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. It could be possible that your Margate property requires formal permission to change the designated 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. 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 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. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. 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 to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.
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. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members 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 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 Margate your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Margate playroom. 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 renovation specialists will help you design and transform your children’s healthy, comfortable, good-looking, and functional room, get in touch with us now!
Is your Margate living room a little boring? 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
This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Margate would typically 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. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Margate may require formal permission.
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. If you want to drastically alter the exterior appearance, such as making major changes to the windows, using new materials, or incorporating an extension, a complete application would also be required 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.
Building regulations help to ensure within the industry that projects are undertaken and completed to the highest standards, your garage conversion would therefore be subject to these. Our team of expert designers can draw complete structural plans before we begin any complicated garage conversion to ensure that the project is completed exactly to your specifications.
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. Building control officers are also authorised to inspect ventilation, insulation, electricity, plumbing, fire safety (including escape routes), and many other important elements of your new conversion.
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. 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. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular 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.
Waterproofing a basement makes sure the foundation is 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. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.
By using masonry infill to match your new garage door and wall into the existing brickwork of the house, our specialists builders can successfully blend your conversion with the rest of the house The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate the new loads. 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 If your property has an attached or detached single skin garage, our dedicated team of tradesmen can erect a stud wall inside the garage, allowing it to be insulated internally. 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.
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. Why not discuss a warm roof system with our expert design team and allow them to also include rooflights which can add extra daylight to the interior of the conversion.
In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. 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.
It is very important when selecting doors and windows that you ensure they meet the appropriate full unit u values (1.6 w, m2k for windows, 1.84 doors), provide sufficient ventilation, meet safety regulations, and suit your decor. Operating regular units can also be a cost-effective solution Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.
This is also the case for the garage and main house access points. A reinforcing steel beam may be required for larger spans allowing for a more open plan feel. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. 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. We can ensure that all building and safety regulations will be closely followed when installing an escape window.
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
It is wise to note that an upgrade of your boiler or consumer units could result in £2000 extra being added to the final cost. For a new ceiling structure in a quality garage conversion we would suggest the use of led downlights to illuminate the room effectively. 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.
Hot and cold water sources would need to be accounted for during the conversion. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom it will be wise to consider how you will ventilate it The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop
Each garage conversion is a different size and design so without visiting the property and going through the design in detail, it is difficult to provide an accurate quotation. Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.
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If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Margate, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.
If you would like a free quote for your custom garage conversion, call 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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