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. If you have a growing family, or just need extra space, a garage conversion can be a very cost-effective and practical exercise providing you with a tailor-made solution to meet your exact needs.
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. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now not necessary to keep the car inside a garage. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.
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.
A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Carshalton, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. 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. From discarded exercise equipment to outdated toys and memorabilia, most garages these days are wasting valuable space being crammed full of these unwanted items.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.
Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Carshalton into a beautiful extension of your home whilst also increasing its value.
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. 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 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 Carshalton 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. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. Our ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
We can assist you with any kind of lighting scheme, colour scheme, storage idea etc that you may have for your quality garage conversion. Whatever you require, we can help.
Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. 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 Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfill varying needs in coming years. 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 Carshalton to ensure that yours and your family’s items can be stored in an adequate space.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Carshalton When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it 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 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? 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. 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 the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house. This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Carshalton 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 Carshalton property requires formal permission to change the designated use of your detached garage.
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!
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, etc. 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.
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. Our ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
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.
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. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
More households need more room to store itself 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.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Carshalton 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 imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.
Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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 ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
For many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.
If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Carshalton. 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 Carshalton to apply for formal approval.
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. The overall charge would be £500 and you would have to pay the design fees on top of that. 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 You may also be required to apply for listed building consents or party wall agreements to complete your 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.
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. Building control officers are also authorised to inspect ventilation, insulation, electricity, plumbing, fire safety (including escape routes), and many other important elements of your new conversion.
To prepare any garage for a conversion, the first step is to make sure that the walls and roof are completely sound and watertight. We will then work within the existing garage for the majority of the project.
There are sometimes unforeseen problems at the beginning of a conversion such as patchy foundations or issues with internal walls, this is difficult to assess until the main structure has been stripped back, which is the first task for our team. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general 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. 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.
The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. 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. In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and disruption
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. 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). To preserve the internal floor space of our high quality conversions, we can also blow insulation into the gap in cavity walls.
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. It is often a concern that the conversion will decrease the height from floor-to-ceiling, however our innovative design techniques involve the use of slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate products which means that no height will be lost in the conversion process.
The fenestration you choose will have to hit the appropriate full unit u values (1.6 w m2 k for windows, 1.84 doors), meet your safety standards, provide sufficient ventilation, and suit your home style. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating regular units. Casements sashes and door sets can be installed into the wall by punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels as desires
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. 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.
We will always fit an escape window into any habitable room that doesn’t have an exit to ensure that all building and safety regulations are being met. 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. Providing heating and lights in your quality new conversion may result in some additional load being placed on your consumer unit and boiler
It may be necessary to upgrade your devices to deal with the new electrical circuits and heating loops which could also potentially raise the total budget by £2000. Our attention to detail means that we want to ensure that your conversion is well lit by installing effective led downlights. A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to 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. 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.
Our detail oriented industry professionals provide quotations based on each individual case. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.
This price would include:
If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Carshalton, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.
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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