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 vehicles have grown in size and unfortunately the size of our living spaces have decreased. The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.
It is also highly likely that you have toys, memorabilia, or any number of other items in your garage that have been stored there for many years. As we generally need living space more than we need storage space, we are often overlooking a very cost-effective and simple way to enlarge our home.
We have seen that within Whitstable, a high quality garage conversion can add up to 20% to your home value, whilst also providing extra highly sought after living space. By performing extensive calculations, our expert team will ensure that your garage conversion works out as the most cost-effective way to add additional rooms to your property.
If your property boasts a double garage we could do a superb conversion on only half the space. 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.
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 From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.
By parking outside of the garage you will free up the internal space for one of our beautiful garage conversions. By converting your garage in Whitstable, 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. 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!
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 Whitstable 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 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
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 offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
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. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!
It is very common that a household will require more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfill varying needs in coming years. 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. 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 Whitstable? You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment 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.
In Whitstable your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there any avid movie watchers or book 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. 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?
For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house. Planning consent in Whitstable is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (PD).
It may be necessary to discharge any restrictive covenants pertaining to your modern property, such as that the garage be maintained as a parking area. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Whitstable may require formal permission.
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!
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 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.
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 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! We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Whitstable 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. 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.
More households need more room to store itself And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. 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. 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.
Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Whitstable playroom. We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
In Whitstable your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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. 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 integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.
Planning consent in Whitstable is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (pd). 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 Whitstable will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the use of your detached garage.
Our competent construction team may need to assist you in asking for approval from householder planning if by any chance 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 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 the use of your garage, our skilled engineers will then need to ensure that the conversion is within the building regulations. Our team of expert designers can draw complete structural plans before we begin any complicated garage conversion to ensure that the project is completed exactly to your specifications.
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.
Our dedicated team of expert engineers will ensure that the walls and roof of your garage are sound and watertight before the conversion work will begin. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.
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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process
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. When insulating the garage floor, our sophisticated construction techniques will generally result in a slightly higher garage floor that can be integrated with the floor of the main house.
You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. 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. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.
The most popular route is to replace the main garage door with traditional walling matching the rest of the house, such as a masonry infill completely to and bonded into the existing brickwork. The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate the new loads. 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.
If your property has an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work. 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. To preserve the internal floor space of our high quality conversions, we can also blow insulation into the gap in cavity walls.
It is a very simple process for our skilled builders to remove the garage roof at loft level. Not only can we install a warm roof system into your quality conversion, we can also include multiple rooflights which greatly increase the natural daylight.
In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. If you want to maintain height from floor to ceiling, gopher slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.
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 It is quite straightforward for our skilled team to install any kind of casements, sash or door sets by creating a suitable whole and inserting as many lintels as necessary.
Our talented engineers can also apply the same method to install main house and garage entrances. One of our ingenious design techniques involves using a reinforced steel beam over a larger span to create a modern, spacious and open plan feel to your conversion. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some calculations. Our wealth of experience in producing high quality conversions means that we understand that a developer may impose restrictive agreements prior to your conversion if you have an integrated garage, so we are on hand to help with this.
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.
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. 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
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 A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to 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.
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.
The following would be included in the price:
Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Whitstable.
Our approachable sales team is waiting for your call on (020) 8987 8071 should you need a free garage conversion quote or simply some advice.
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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