Garage Conversions in Sittingbourne, Kent


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Quality Garage Conversions in Sittingbourne

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? When building an extension to your home, you generally have to lay foundations and build new walls; this is not the case with a garage extension meaning that it can be a much better option. If your garage already has lights and possibly an electric door, there could be no need for any kind of electrical rewiring for your new garage conversion. Our beautiful garage conversions are specially designed to compliment your existing property. It is very common within domestic properties to use garages as storage areas. Our proven track record in the designing and building of garage conversions, means that you can be confident that we can turn your garage space into something very special. If you would like an extra room in your home, why not contact our dedicated staff today to discuss our high quality garage conversion service?
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How Do You Use Your Garage?

Although your garage may be being used as a storage area, it could be the perfect option to provide you with 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.

Consider what currently you are using your garage for

Over recent years it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties.  The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. The advancement of modern cars is greatly reducing the need for garage parking. By storing rubbish and unwanted items in your garage, you are essentially wasting what could be a beautiful addition to your living space.

Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. 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 the Addition of a Garage Conversion Add Value to my Property?

Our extensive industry experience has shown that a garage conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. 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 you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage.  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.

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Do You Need a High-Quality Garage Conversion?

Do you think that you are using your garage space for anything useful?

It could be that you have prime space for a quality garage conversion, that you are currently just using to store useless items. 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 of the garage you will free up the internal space for one of our beautiful garage conversions. Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Sittingbourne into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.

In addition, a well-made conversion to a garage will carry extra daylight into your home. 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

  • Greatly increasing the value of your home
  • A perfectly tailored option to suit your needs
  • Reduction of household unwanted items
  • Can be undertaken with minimum disruption
  • Growing family
  • Expansion of living space
  • Less likely to need to relocate
  • Cost-effective
  • A 150 ft.² garage may not be big enough to fit your vehicle
  • You may not wish to park your car inside a garage
  • Increased daylight entering the house

First-Class Garage Conversion Services in Sittingbourne

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 Sittingbourne garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.

Quality workspace conversions in Sittingbourne

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Would you like a stylish new office space?

Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful home office space. The choices are infinite and only the sky’s the limit with our aid. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.

We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! We will be helping you with the whole package

Convert an Extra Bedroom in Sittingbourne

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. If you live in a cramped house, you may be wishing for some extra space. If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members  Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?

Sittingbourne storage space conversion

One thing that many households need is more storage space Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. In Sittingbourne, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.

Sittingbourne kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Sittingbourne? 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?

Converting your living space in Sittingbourne

It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. 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 high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Garage conversions and planning permission in Sittingbourne

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). 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). In Sittingbourne you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a detached garage. 

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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. If your garage is connected to the side of your home, it will make the adjoining room lighter and airier by installing glazed doors for entry!

Our garage conversion services in Sittingbourne

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. Depending on the conversion in Sittingbourne you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Converting Your Workspace in Sittingbourne

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

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? 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

Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We will be helping you with the whole package

Sittingbourne extra bedroom conversions

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!

Sittingbourne Storage Space Conversion

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. 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 Sittingbourne your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Sittingbourne kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Sittingbourne? Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. A playroom can offer them a wonderfully safe environment to play whilst being supervised by you. Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.

Converting your living space in Sittingbourne

Is your Sittingbourne living room a little boring? Are there any avid movie watchers or book 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? 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.

Sittingbourne planning permission and garage conversions

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

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This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Sittingbourne would typically not be necessary. Within your house deeds there could be a restrictive covenant which requires that the garage be kept as a parking area, these will need to be discharged. It could be possible that your Sittingbourne property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.

Even if pd rights have been revoked, you will still be able to follow a scheme however you would need to put together appropriate sketches and ask for approval from householder planning. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. You would be required to submit a completed application if your project involves any major structural changes to the exterior of the property. You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your conversion.

High-quality garage conversions and building regulations in Sittingbourne

By changing the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. Meticulous structural plans drawn up before you begin your garage conversion, can prove to be very useful later in the process.

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. 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.

Sittingbourne garage conversion key works and considerations

The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.

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

  Checking the existing floor

Unless there is a pre-existing structural problem, the concrete floor in your garage should be solid enough to accommodate whatever use you are planning for your conversion. 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. Because the floors of garages are often lower than the floors in the main house, insulating them in a variety of ways is often quite straightforward and will simply raise the level of the garage floor to meet that of the main house.

To convert my basement, what needs to be done?

You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. Our professional building team will ensure that your basement has been raised to the maximum area height in order to successfully cope with groundwater levels. 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.

  • Infilling the door

    Our industry professionals would generally suggest a masonry infill completed and bonded into the existing brickwork as a dependable option to replace the main garage door. To grant you extra peace of mind we will carefully evaluate the foundations of the garage to decide if they need any extra modifications to deal with the additional load of the new conversion. Planning allows you to add windows or a glazed access door and bring more daylight into your new space, which can also help to reduce the load.

  • Wall insulation

    The walls of integrated garages are generally designed to exactly the same specifications as those of the main property, meaning that they will not require any extra improvement. Even if you have an attached or detached single skin garage, we can easily internally insulate it with the use of stud walls and timbers which are wide enough to place adequate insulation and an air gap. If your building has cavity walls, then we will not require stud walls to be built, we can simply blow insulation into the gap which means that all of the internal space is retained.

How do you insulate roofs?

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. 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. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.

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Which doors and windows would you suggest?

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. By operating regular units you can keep costs down Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.

The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. 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. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.

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. We can ensure that all building and safety regulations will be closely followed when installing an escape window.

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Electrics and heating

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.

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. 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 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 To avoid any buildup of humidity in a bathroom or kitchen within your conversion, our specialist builders would advocate the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator.

Quotes for garage conversions in Sittingbourne

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. You can expect to pay in the region of £15 to 25k plus vat for one garage, a simple garage conversion.

For this budget what work can I expect?

We undertake the following:

  • 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

Why not get in touch for a free garage conversion consultation?

Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Sittingbourne.

Call now on 020898780714 for some support or to get a free garage conversion quote.

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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.


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