Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. A garage conversion can be a perfect, cost-effective way to enlarge your home without having to undertake major structural works.
Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. 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.
Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need
We have seen that within Croydon, 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.
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. Allow our expert builders to convert half of your double garage so you can enjoy additional living space combined with garage parking.
It could be that you have prime space for a quality garage conversion, that you are currently just using to store useless items. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.
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. Converting a garage in location XXL can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add space to your home and can also add additional value as well the value of the garage conversion would increase in tandem with the house price.
By executing a high quality garage conversion in your home, we can ensure that extra daylight will also increase the greater feeling of space. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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 Croydon 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. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. 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! Whatever you require, we can help.
Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason 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. Our high quality bedroom conversions will allow you to enjoy a whole new area in which to relax or rest. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
One thing that many households need is 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. Why not install a storage conversion in Croydon to ensure that yours and your family’s items can be stored in an adequate space.
Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Croydon? When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. 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.
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there other people who love to read or watch films in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? 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 By undertaking most of the work involved in your garage conversion in-house, your conversion will be considered a permitted development and so planning consents will probably 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 Croydon 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. 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.
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. Depending on the conversion in Croydon you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. There are unlimited numbers of ways that we can deliver a beautiful garage conversion for your home. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
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.
Why not expand your home in Croydon? 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 beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. Or take over your own fancy new bedroom!
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. 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.
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in Croydon? 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.
Would you like to improve your living room in Croydon? Are there bookworms or movie lovers 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 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 integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.
Planning consent in Croydon 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). In Croydon you would also require formal approval to alter the use of a 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. There would be a charge of £500, plus design fees. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.
As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then 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.
Building control will look over your structural plans and will be able to confirm that there are within the building regulations, ensuring that the construction of your conversion also conforms to these 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.
The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. Our first class team of builders and tradespeople will then conduct the majority of the conversion work inside the 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. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion
It is highly likely that the existing floor in your garage is solid enough for any of the conversion requirements. However, to achieve sufficient thermal efficiency, it will need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp proofed with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc) and insulated. 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.
You cannot successfully convert a basement unless the foundation is completely waterproof. All basements should be built up to the maximum retained height of the area 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. Luckily, our proficient team can install a cavity drain system without any major disruption.
For a high quality garage conversion, we would generally replace the main garage door with brickwork that matches the rest of the house. It is very important that the foundations of your garage can withstand the extra weight of the conversion, we will assess this thoroughly during the design stage. 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 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 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. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
If it is necessary to remove the garage roof at loft level then 270 mm of mineral wood should be used with a pitched covering, 100 millimetres between the joists and then place the rest on top. Our professional team can discuss with you the installation of a warm roof system which is insulated at the rafter level.
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 very important to maintain the original height of the room that is being converted, and we achieve this by using the latest in slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (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. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating regular units. Our professional builders can easily install casements, sashes and door sets by inserting lintels into a pre-punched hole.
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. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. Our detail oriented approach means that we will check if any developer has imposed a restrictive agreement on your integrated garage which we will need to purchase prior to the conversion taking place.
If you’re building a habitable room that doesn’t have an exterior door, directly secured path, or its own door leading to the outside, then you have to 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.
We would always suggest employing trained professionals to install any kind of heating and electrics infrastructure and to require them 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
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 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.
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 Another main problem here is ventilation 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.
Our professional team would undertake the following;
Our expert consultants can answer any questions you may have and will be happy to guide you through the conversion process in Croydon.
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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