When most people consider extending their home in some way, they don’t consider that the garage could be the best way to do this. A garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.
Over recent years vehicles have grown in size and unfortunately the size of our living spaces have decreased. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now not necessary to keep the car inside a garage. It is highly likely that you are wasting the space of your garage by filling it with rubbish and other unwanted belongings.
Most households have stored their garages, exercise equipment, toys, or memorabilia, and very often it will take some time to dispose of these things, so they appear to remain in garages for years or even decades. By not using this precious garage space, we are struggling with a smaller living space that could easily be enlarged.
If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? 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.
A conversion on a double garage is also very worthwhile as we can still leave you with half of the garage to use as you wish. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park
It is less likely these days that there is ample space in your garage to store your vehicle which means that generally most garage spaces are being wasted. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items.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.
By parking outside of the garage you will free up the internal space for one of our beautiful garage conversions. Our high quality garage conversions in West-Malling are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.
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 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. Depending on the conversion in West-Malling you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!
Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful home office space. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. 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
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 are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
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. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.
One thing that many households need is 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. 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 West-Malling 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 West-Malling playroom. You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. A playroom conversion will not only give your children a safe environment to play in, it will also offer them privacy. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
Is your West-Malling living room a little boring? 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. 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.
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). If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in West-Malling.
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. Most properties in West-Malling will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your 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. 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. 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.
Convert your garage into an inspiring, stylish home office space and get to work! Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.
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.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in West-Malling Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!
One thing that many households need is 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 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 change your garage into a magical kids playroom in West-Malling? We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. 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, and 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
This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in West-Malling would typically 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 West-Malling property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.
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. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.
Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would 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.
This gives you peace of mind that the drawings have been inspected by building control and confirmed that your conversion will conform to the regulations, if it is constructed according to the approved use guidelines. 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.
Garage conversions cannot begin until the walls and roof have been completely sealed and made watertight, so this is the first step. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the existing garage.
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. Here are some of the highlights
The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. However, concrete floors often make the room to cold so it may be necessary to level them, damp proof them with an acceptable membrane, and insulate them to increase the temperature and retain heat within the conversion. 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.
It is very important to ensure that the foundations of a basement are watertight Our quality basement conversions include increasing the height of the basement to cope with groundwater levels. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. With minimal planning and disruption a cavity drain membrane system can be installed to regulate your basement drainage.
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 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. As glass weighs less than brick walls, it is highly recommended that in the initial planning stage you include more glass.
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. 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). Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
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. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.
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. Our industry professionals can assist you in maintaining the height of your conversion by using slim multi-foil or polysocyanyiltrate (pir) products
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 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 opening into the main house from the garage can also have any kind of door installed using our innovative design techniques. To achieve a modern, open plan design, we would use a reinforced steel beam over a large area. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. 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.
Our meticulous attention to detail means that we will be very careful that any habitable room which does not have an exit point will 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.
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. 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 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 Why not consider installing cutting-edge underfloor heating to maximise the interior space in your new conversion?
For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. One possible problem here could be ventilation The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop
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.
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We can answer any questions that you may have regarding your beautiful West-Malling custom garage 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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