When considering where to place an extension on a property, garages are often overlooked, however they can present the perfect option. Our expert team of industry professionals would highly recommend a garage conversion as a cost-effective and simple way to improve your home for yourself and your family.
Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. In the past it was accepted that vehicles needed to be stored inside. Modern car design has meant that garage parking is now not really necessary. 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. 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.
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. By building one of our superior garage conversions, you are not only adding value to your home but also improving your living space in an extremely cost-effective way
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. 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 highly likely that your garage space is simply being wasted when it could be turned into a valuable addition to your living space. Take the time to really consider whether any of the items being stored in your garage are worthwhile or necessary. It is no longer the case due to the galvanisation of modern cars that they need to be protected from the elements by being stored in a garage.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Let our team of highly skilled experts at elite builders London, convert your garage in Richmond 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. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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 Richmond 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. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. 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 Richmond If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea 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. Not only will a conversion expand your living space it will also give you that extra piece of mind when guests come to stay Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
More households need more room to store itself 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. Why not install a storage conversion in Richmond 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 Richmond You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.
In Richmond your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there bookworms or movie lovers in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
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 Planning consent in Richmond 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). By changing the original use of your detached garage, you may be required in Richmond to apply for formal approval.
Even if PD rights have been revoked, you will still be able to follow a scheme however you would need to put together appropriate sketches and asked for approval from householder planning stop Our team of skilled builders can install glazed doors between your beautiful garage conversion and the adjoining room, which will greatly increase the light and internal space.
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. Any council consents that you may require in Richmond to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
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 ingenious design team are excited to discuss your vision and our process to achieve a first-class garage conversion.
Whatever ideas you have regarding lighting, storage, colour schemes etc. Elite builders London have the knowledge to implement them exactly. We will be helping you with the whole package
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. One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Expanding your property with one of our beautiful bedroom conversions is a great choice for both you and your family. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
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. 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.
A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Richmond. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Why not contact our imaginative design team today to see how we could transform your garage into a wonderful and functional children’s playroom.
In Richmond your typical living room gets a little boring? 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 the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house.
As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or pd, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Richmond. 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 Richmond to apply for formal approval.
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. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Depending upon the property where you wish to carry out the conversion, we may need to apply for various permits, for example if you reside in a listed building, or you have adjacent neighbours.
By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet 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. 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.
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.
Our dedicated team of engineers don’t want any nasty surprises during the construction project which is why we begin every garage conversion by stripping the main structure to ensure that there are strong foundations and walls. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process
It is highly likely that the existing floor in your garage is solid enough for any of the conversion requirements. Thermal efficiency can be achieved within the new conversion by levelling the floor maybe with a self-levelling liquid screed, damp proofing it with an acceptable membrane (lapping into the walls dpc,), and insulating it. 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 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.
Our industry professionals would generally suggest a masonry infill completed and bonded into the existing brickwork as a dependable option to replace the main garage door. To grant you extra peace of mind we will carefully evaluate the foundations of the garage to decide if they need any extra modifications to deal with the additional load of the new conversion. 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. 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. 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.
In order to prevent condensation, flat roofs must be equipped with rigid insulation between and under the ceiling joists, with a ventilation gap above. By using polysocianyiltrate (pir) or slim multi-foil products, our skilful team can ensure that you do not lose any floor-to-ceiling height.
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. If you are interested in keeping costs down, you can try to operate on regular units. 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.
The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. To achieve a modern, open plan design, we would use a reinforced steel beam over a large area. This kind of work can involve a structural engineer to make calculations. Developers may impose a restrictive agreement on integrated garages to be purchased prior to conversion.
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.
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. 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 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. Effective led downlights are a good choice for lighting, as they can easily be built into the new ceiling structure It will be very straightforward for a plumber to install a radiator in the new conversion however to maximise the interior space we would also suggest the installation of slimline underfloor heating
For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. Ventilation could be an issue. The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop
We aim to complete every quality garage conversion to the highest standard possible whilst remaining within your budget, so why not request a site visit today from one of our expert designers? Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.
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If you are interested in a Richmond custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
If you would like a free quote for your custom garage conversion, call 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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