When considering where to place an extension on a property, garages are often overlooked, however they can present the perfect option. A garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.
Over recent years it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties. Some years ago it was advisable to keep your car inside a garage. 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 garages become spaces to store old items that you may have no use for ever again. By not using this precious garage space, we are struggling with a smaller living space that could easily be enlarged.
Not only will you be able to add up to 20% to your home’s value by adding a quality garage conversion, you will also greatly increase your home’s interior space. It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions
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. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park
With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items. It used to be the case before cars were galvanised that you would need to protect the car by storing it in the garage.
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. By converting your garage in Swanscombe, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.
By executing a high quality garage conversion in your home, we can ensure that extra daylight will also increase the greater feeling of space. It is a wonderful addition to any home to convert a garage which has an adjoining room, mainly because the lightness and airiness of the adjoining room is greatly increased.
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 Swanscombe may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. 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.
Why not expand your home in Swanscombe? Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. 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?
It is very common that a household will require 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 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.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Swanscombe 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. If you would like to discuss with our innovative design team the possibility of converting your garage into a beautiful children’s playroom, contact our friendly team today.
Would you like to improve your living room in Swanscombe? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms 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. Why not contact our dedicated team of renovation specialists and allow us to show you how we can bring your perfect living room conversion to life?
Unless your garage conversion requires window installation or the changing of the front of the garage, we can perform the majority of the work in-house Planning consent in Swanscombe 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). By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Swanscombe to apply for formal approval.
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. 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!
There are many considerations when planning a quality garage conversion, including whether your space will need floor ceiling, insulation, painting, or any other kind of work. Your quality garage conversion in Swanscombe may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful 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
Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Swanscombe If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example 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?
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. We can design a unique storage system that will allow you to store everything from essential documents to sports gear in an orderly and controlled way. Our experts will ensure that in Swanscombe your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Swanscombe? 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. If you would like to discuss with our innovative design team the possibility of converting your garage into a beautiful children’s playroom, contact our friendly team today.
Would you like to improve your living room in Swanscombe? Are there bookworms or movie lovers 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 ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
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).
As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or pd, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Swanscombe. 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 Swanscombe 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. That would cost £500, plus any 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 If you have adjacent neighbours or you reside in a listed building it could be that you will require listed building consents or party wall agreements to undertake a conversion.
By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet 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. It is highly recommendable that a building control officer or inspector looks at your garage conversion because they can give advice regarding a large number of issues such as damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, structural protection and many more.
Garage conversions cannot begin until the walls and roof have been completely sealed and made watertight, so this is the first step. We will then work within the existing garage for the majority of the project.
The first step in a quality garage conversion is to strip back the main structure to see whether they could be any unforeseen issues such as at foundations or any problems with the walls. To guarantee a high quality conversion, our team will be carrying out work such as this.
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. 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.
Waterproofing a basement makes sure the foundation is watertight Our quality basement conversions include increasing the height of the basement to cope with groundwater levels. In a normal drainage system moisture or flowing water passes behind the cone, this is why our meticulous builders will install a cavity drain membrane system. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and 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. 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.
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 By erecting a stud wall with timbers so there is a wide enough space to place installation, your attached or detached single skin garage can easily be internally insulated. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
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. 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.
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. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.
Our dedication to customer satisfaction means that we will assist you in choosing the perfect windows that not only hit the appropriate u values but that also meet your safety standards, suit the style of your home and provide sufficient ventilation. By operating regular units you can keep costs down For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable hole.
This is also the case for the garage and main house access points. 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. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.
It is required by law that any habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door must have an escape window. An escape window must have an openable area that is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage, a transparent openable area of at least not 0.33 mm2 and should also have a width and height of not less than 450 mm.
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. It is possible that the new heating loops and electrical circuits required for the conversion may place extra load on your consumer unit and boiler
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 An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion 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.
It is sensible to bear in mind that if your conversion will include a kitchen or bathroom, the drainage and the water source will need to be dealt with If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom it will be wise to consider how you will ventilate it Opening windows, fitted with trickle vents, will be sufficient in most cases but if you incorporate a bathroom or kitchen, you will need a powerful enough extractor ventilator to manage the buildup of humidity.
Understandably as garages and conversions come in so many different sizes and designs, we prefer to deliver quotes based on each unique person’s requirements. 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.
This price would include:
If you are interested in a Swanscombe custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
The best way to know if one of our high quality garage conversions is the right option for you is simply to give us a call on (020) 8987 8071 and allow us to talk you through the process or give you a free quote.
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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