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.
Our living spaces have grown progressively smaller over recent years therefore it can often be a waste of space to be keeping a car in a garage. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. It is highly likely that you are wasting the space of your garage by filling it with rubbish and other 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. By not using this precious garage space, we are struggling with a smaller living space that could easily be enlarged.
We have seen that within Minster, a high quality garage conversion can add up to 20% to your home value, whilst also providing extra highly sought after living space. 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
If your property boasts a double garage we could do a superb conversion on only half the space. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park
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. These days garages seem to get packed with discarded exercise equipment, outdated toys and worthless memorabilia that will take more time to throw away then it is really worth. It is no longer the case due to the galvanisation of modern cars that they need to be protected from the elements by being stored in a garage.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Our expert team of builders will be happy to convert your garage in Minster into a beautiful additional living space which will also prove to be extremely cost-effective.
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 Your quality garage conversion in Minster may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
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 will be helping you with the whole package
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. 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?
More households need more room to store itself 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 structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. 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.
Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Minster? 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?
Is your Minster living room a little boring? Are there bookworms or movie lovers 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.
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.
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). A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Minster 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. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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. 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. 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 to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.
Why not expand your home in Minster? If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. 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. Why not keep the bedroom 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. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Minster? 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 Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.
Is your Minster living room a little boring? 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 renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind
For many garage conversions especially integral or attached spaces most of the work is in-house (except the changing the front and installing one or two windows).
Planning consent in Minster is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (pd). 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). It could be possible that your Minster property requires formal permission to change the designated 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. There would be a charge of £500, plus design fees. 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.
As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then be subject to the building regulations Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.
By completing structural plans for more complex garage conversions, we can guarantee greater peace of mind as your plans will have been inspected by building control and ensuring that the conversion is carried out according to regulations. Within your conversion the key areas a building inspector will be interested in include electrical and plumbing, fire safety (including escape routes), structural protection, damp proofing, ventilation, insulation and energy conservation.
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.
By stripping back the main structure of the garage to expose the foundations and the walls, we can ensure that these can be strengthened primarily to avoid any unforeseen issues further down the line. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion
Normally, the concrete floor within a garage can withstand any kind of general domestic use. By levelling the pre-existing concrete floor, damp proofing it and insulating it, we can ensure thermal efficiency within the new conversion. 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.
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. Our expert design team will generally recommend a cavity drain membrane system which will fully regulate your basement drainage. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.
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. 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.
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. 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). To preserve the internal floor space of our high quality conversions, we can also blow insulation into the gap in cavity walls.
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. 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.
Sometimes it can prove difficult to prevent condensation from entering a flat roof however our competent builders can ensure this will not happen by placing rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists. 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.
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. If you are interested in keeping costs down, you can try to operate on regular units. For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable hole.
The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. For a more open plan design, we would recommend the use of a reinforcing steel beam. It is possible that the calculations for this will require a structural engineer. Be aware of the possibility that if you have an integrated garage there may be restrictive agreements imposed by a developer which will have to be purchased before the conversion can take 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. Any escape window is required by law to have a transparent openable area of at least not 0.33 mm2, it should have a width and height of not less than 450 mm and should be installed in such a way that the bottom opens and creates an area that is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.
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. Our highly trained professionals can advise you as to how much additional load your consumer unit and boiler may need to deal with due to the heating loops and new electrical circuits installed in the new space.
It is possible that we may need to update these devices to handle the extra load and depending on their make, this could cost up to £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 Our talented design team are committed to maximising floor space within your quality garage conversion, which is why we would suggest using slimline underfloor heating instead of radiators.
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. Ventilation could be an issue. 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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Our team of highly skilled industry professionals are on hand to answer any questions you may have with regards to the transformation of your garage into a quality conversion.
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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