Garage Conversions in Rochester, Kent


Book my consultation

Rochester Quality Garage Conversions

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? Because a garage is a pre-existing structure, a conversion can be much cheaper than an extension, which would involve building something completely new. It is possible that your garage conversion can be completed without the need for an electrician's help as it is probably already wired for use. Designed with your existing property in mind, our garage conversions are based on a unique single storey design. A garage is a perfect place for a conversion as this space is typically just used for storage. Elite builders London can be relied upon to convert your garage from a storage area into a wonderful space that will add value to your home. Our many years of industry experience mean that we are adept at completing conversions on time and on budget.
Garage Conversions
Quick Contact
Fill out my online form.
Find out what we can do for you.

How Do You Use Your Garage?

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.

You must ask yourself, am I putting my garage to good use?

Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. It used to be the case that the family vehicle could not be out in inclement weather. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

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.

Will a Garage Conversion Increase my House Value?

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.

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. The conversion of half of a double garage is ideal for those who wish to enjoy additional space in their homes interior, whilst still maintaining a place to park their car.

Garage Conversions

Our Guarantee

  • Excellent Reputation
  • Customer Focused
  • Over 40 years Combined Experience
  • Fully Insured
  • Fully Qualified
  • Building Guarantee

Should You Consider a Rochester Garage Conversion?

Consider how well you are using your garage space.

With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.

So if you can park in the driveway, don’t let this precious asset waste away! Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Rochester into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.

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. 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.

Let’s take a look at some of the old garage’s most common uses and advantages

  • No need to relocate to a new, bigger house
  • Four larger internal living spaces
  • Increasing property value
  • Large family
  • Easy to park the vehicle somewhere else
  • Also difficult to fit larger vehicle in standard 150 ft.² garage
  • Probably not necessary to request planning permission
  • No need to relocate to a bigger property
  • Perfect conversion to suit your requirements
  • Reduce unwanted items in the house
  • Increased luminosity in interior living space

Rochester Based Quality Garage Conversion Service

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.  Your quality garage conversion in Rochester may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.

Converting your workspace in Rochester

Garage Conversions

Do you work from home and need an office in your Rochester property?

Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful 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.

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications. 

Rochester Extra Bedroom Conversions

Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?

Storage space conversion in Rochester

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from 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. In Rochester, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.

Why not convert a kids playroom in Rochester?

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Rochester. 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 friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Rochester living space conversion

Would you like to improve your living room in Rochester? Are there any avid movie watchers or book 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 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.

Converting your garage and planning permission in Rochester

For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house. If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Rochester.

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 Rochester will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your detached garage.

Garage Conversions

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. 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.

Rochester based quality garage conversion service

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

Converting Your Workspace in Rochester

Why not install a functional and elegant office space in your home?

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.

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.

Rochester high quality extra bedroom conversions

Why not expand your home in Rochester? If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. 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. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!

Converting Storage Space in Rochester

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires 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 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.

Rochester quality kids playroom conversion

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Rochester 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!

Converting your living space in Rochester

In Rochester your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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 high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

High quality garage conversions in Rochester and planning permission

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

Garage Conversions

This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Rochester 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. In Rochester 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. 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 You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your conversion.

Rochester building regulations and converting your garage

By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet the building regulations. When beginning complex Rochester garage conversions, our first class design team highly recommend drawing up structural plans before the project begins.

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.

High-quality garage conversion key works and considerations in Rochester

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 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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process

One floor slab

Normally, the concrete floor within a garage can withstand any kind of general domestic use. However, to achieve sufficient thermal efficiency, it will need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp proofed with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc) and insulated. 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.

What work will be necessary for my basement conversion?

The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. 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. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and disruption

  • Should I infill 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. 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. A cost-effective and attractive way to lighten the load placed on the foundations by the conversion, is to add extra windows or a glazed access door.

  • High-quality wall insulation

    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. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.

How do you insulate roofs?

If it is necessary to remove the garage roof at loft level then 270 mm of mineral wood should be used with a pitched covering, 100 millimetres between the joists and then place the rest on top. 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.

A good way to prevent condensation from entering the flat roof of your conversion, is to place installation around the ceiling joists and ensure that there is 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.

Garage Conversions

What kind of doors and windows can I install?

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. 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 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. 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.

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. 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.

Garage Conversions

Heating and electrics

We would be happy to provide any kind of heating and electrical infrastructure in your new conversion by using highly trained professionals who can self-certify that their work complies with 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 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.

For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. Another main problem here is ventilation 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?

Every conversion is completely unique so providing any kind of average cost is very difficult. However our industry experience means that we can estimate that a simple garage conversion will work out to be roughly £15 to 25k plus vat.

What works can be included in this estimate?

We would include;

  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade is to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Submit building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Plaster all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Jet wash drive
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceilings were necessary
  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee
  • Gain final building certificate

Free consultation to discuss your garage conversion

If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Rochester, 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.

Client Reviews

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.


Want to find out more?

Just fill in the form above and we’ll be in touch shortly. Or give us a call now on 020 8987 8071 for a no-obligation chat.

020 8987 8071

Covid-19

We are still working and quoting throughout this period using safe social distancing advice. We can quote from existing surveys or from photos or virtual guided tour if preferred. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.