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 it has become progressively more difficult to store large cars or vehicles in our properties. Some years ago most people used to simply use the garage for storing their car. Advancements in car building and technology mean that it is no longer required to store your car inside the garage. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.
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. 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. 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
Large family vehicles and reduced living space means that more and more garages are being wasted in terms of the additional space they could provide for your home. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items.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.
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 Barking into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.
Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. 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!
No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, ETEC our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. Your quality garage conversion in Barking may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
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 ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a Home Office, elite builders London can assist you.
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. It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. 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 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.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Barking When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. 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.
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. 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. 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. As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or PD, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Barking.
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 Barking 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. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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 Barking 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 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
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
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. 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. 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. Why not install a storage conversion in Barking to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Barking? The playroom may be as open or as closed as you wish Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. 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!
Would you like to improve your living room in Barking? 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 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.
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
Planning consent in Barking is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (pd). 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. By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Barking to apply for formal approval.
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. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Listed building consents (if you reside in a listed house) and party wall agreements with any adjacent neighbours are among the other permits you may need to obtain.
As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then be subject to the building regulations Meticulous structural plans drawn up before you begin your garage conversion, can prove to be very useful later in the process.
Once we have completed detailed structural plans, our reliable team will pass them to building control to be inspected who will then make sure that your conversion conforms to all the regulations. 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. The majority of the building work to complete the conversion, will be carried out inside the pre-existing garage.
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. Here are some of the highlights
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 increase the temperature within the garage conversion, it may be necessary to level the floor, damp proof and insulate it. 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 All basements should be built up to the maximum retained height of the area to cope with groundwater levels In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. With minimal planning and disruption a cavity drain membrane system can be installed to regulate your basement drainage.
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. The evaluation of the design stage should determine whether the foundations require modifications to accommodate the new loads. Our innovative team of designers will carefully assist you to, for example add windows or a glazed access door to the conversion which can increase the natural light in the room and also lighten the load placed on the foundations.
Our team of dedicated industry professionals will be able to advise you as to whether you need to insulate the walls of your garage, however, this will generally not be necessary in an integrated garage for example. 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). Don’t worry about losing any precious floor space by insulating your walls as our skilled team can blow insulation into the gap in your existing cavity walls.
It is quite straightforward to remove the garage roof at loft level enabling our specialist team to place 217 mm of mineral words with a pitched covering, hundred millimetres between the joists and the rest on top to successfully insulate the roof. 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.
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. 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 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. By using, for example, a reinforced steel beam, our innovative team can help make your garage conversion feel more open plan. 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 required by law that any habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door must have an escape window. This must have a width and height of not less than 450 mm, a transparent openable area of at least 0.33 mm2 and should be located in such a way that the bottom of the openable area is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.
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. You will most likely need new electrical circuits and heating loops which will place additional loads on your consumer units and boiler
It is possible that we may need to update these devices to handle the extra load and depending on their make, this could cost up to £2000. 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 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.
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. Ventilation could be an issue. Our expert team will fit a powerful extractor ventilator should you wish to incorporate a bathroom or kitchen into the conversion, to deal with any humidity that may build up in the room
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. You can expect to pay in the region of £15 to 25k plus vat for one garage, a simple garage conversion.
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Our team of highly skilled industry professionals are on hand to answer any questions you may have with regards to the transformation of your garage into a quality conversion.
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.
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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.
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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