Garage Conversions in Southwark, London


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Quality Garage Conversions in Southwark

If you wish to greatly expand your living room, why not consider a highly cost-effective garage conversion? When building an extension to your home, you generally have to lay foundations and build new walls; this is not the case with a garage extension meaning that it can be a much better option. If your garage already has lights and possibly an electric door, there could be no need for any kind of electrical rewiring for your new garage conversion. Garage conversions are typically single storey structures which are an addition to your existing house. It is very common within domestic properties to use garages as storage areas. Elite builders London can be relied upon to convert your garage from a storage area into a wonderful space that will add value to your home. Our many years of industry experience mean that we are adept at completing conversions on time and on budget.
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How Do You Use Your Garage?

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 high quality garage conversion can provide you with a perfect solution to any space issues that you may have within your current property.

You must ask yourself, am I putting my garage to good use?

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. The advancement of modern cars is greatly reducing the need for garage parking. It is very likely that your garage is overflowing with rubbish and items that you don’t use.

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.

Will a Garage Conversion Make my Property More Valuable?

Our extensive industry experience has shown that a garage conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. By keeping our garage conversion costs low, this easy way to extend your home whilst adding value, is extremely cost-effective.

If you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage.  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.

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Why Opt for a Garage Conversion in Southwark?

What are you going to use your garage for these days?

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. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items. Family vehicles used to be stored in garages to protect them from the elements, due to routine galvanising and technological advances, this is no longer necessary.

So if you can park in the driveway, don’t let this precious asset waste away! By converting your garage in Southwark, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.

In addition, a well-made conversion to a garage will carry extra daylight into 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! 

Let’s take a look at some of the old garage’s most common uses and advantages

  • Unlikely to require planning permission
  • Reduces the need to move to a new house
  • Growing family
  • Brighton the interior of your home with more daylight
  • Add value to your home
  • Reduce household clutter
  • Bigger vehicles may not fit in standard garages
  • Unlikely to require planning permission
  • Reduces the need to move to a new house
  • Additional living space

Southwark Based Quality Garage Conversion Service

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 Southwark you might need structural and interior changes that require council consents, which elite builders London can handle for you!

Converting your workspace in Southwark

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Why not install a functional and elegant office space in your home?

Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. You can choose from our huge portfolio of first-class garage conversions. Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.

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 will be helping you with the whole package

Extra Bedroom Conversion in Southwark

Why not expand your home in Southwark? 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 take over your own fancy new bedroom!

Why not convert for extra storage space in Southwark?

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 detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items neatly behind closed doors. Our experts will ensure that in Southwark your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more

Southwark quality kids playroom conversion

Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in Southwark 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. 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.

Why not consider a living space conversion in Southwark?

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. Our renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind

Converting your garage and planning permission in Southwark

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 Southwark.

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 Southwark to apply for formal approval.

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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. 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.

First-class garage conversion services in Southwark

No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, etc. our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. Any council consents that you may require in Southwark to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Workspace Conversion in Southwark

Would you like a brand-new office space in your Southwark home?

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. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.

We consistently deliver high quality garage conversions because we take the time to understand exactly what you require with regards to lighting, colours, and much more. We will be helping you with the whole package

Southwark high quality extra bedroom conversions

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. 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 You could also enjoy a brand-new bedroom yourself!

Southwark Storage Space Conversion

It is highly likely that your house would benefit from more storage space. Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. 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. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.

Southwark kids playroom conversion

Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Southwark? The playroom may be 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 Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Living space conversion in Southwark

In Southwark your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there other people who love to read or watch films 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 high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Converting your garage and planning permission in Southwark

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

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This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Southwark would typically not be necessary. 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 Southwark to apply for formal approval.

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. Excluding design fees, the cost for that will be £500. 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.

High-quality garage conversions and building regulations in Southwark

As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then be subject to 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.

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.

Key works and considerations for garage conversions in Southwark

The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. We will then work within the existing garage for the majority of the project.

By stripping back the main structure of the garage to expose the foundations and the walls, we can ensure that these can be strengthened primarily to avoid any unforeseen issues further down the line. It will be necessary to cover these areas during the conversion

  Inspecting the floor for any improvements

Normally, the concrete floor within a garage can withstand any kind of 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. Garage floors appear to be lower than those in the main house so all of this can be integrated and a step free barrier between the two areas can still be reached.

Builders working in the basement conversion

The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. 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 expert team will ensure that moisture or flowing water will continue to pass behind the cone. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.

  • Changing the door

    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.

  • High-quality wall insulation

    If your property has an integrated garage, it is highly likely that the walls will not require any additional work. We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. 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.

Roof insulation

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. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality conversion possible which includes ensuring that the roof does not allow condensation to enter which for flat roof will involve the installation of rigid insulation in the ceiling joists. If you want to maintain height from floor to ceiling, gopher slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate (pir) products.

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Which doors and windows would you suggest?

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. If you are interested in keeping costs down, you can try to operate on regular units. For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable hole.

The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. 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. One of our specialist structural engineers may need to make the calculations for this kind of design. 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.

It is possible that within the conversion there will be a habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door or directly secured path outside, we will ensure that there is an escape window as per building regulations. 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.

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Heating and electrics

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. You will most likely need new electrical circuits and heating loops which will place additional loads on your consumer units and boiler

This could potentially add up to £2000 to the total project budget if these devices require updating. For a new ceiling structure in a quality garage conversion we would suggest the use of led downlights to illuminate the room effectively. 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. It is important to bear in mind that it is difficult to ventilate a kitchen or bathroom in a conversion The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop

What can I expect to pay for a garage conversion in Southwark?

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? Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.

For this budget what work can I expect?

The following would be included in the price:

  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Batten and insulate all exterior walls
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade is to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Submit building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Plaster all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Jet wash drive
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceilings were necessary
  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee
  • Gain final building certificate

Contact Us for a Free Garage Conversion consultation in Southwark

If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Southwark, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.

Call now on 020898780714 for some support or to get a free garage conversion quote.

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Frequently asked questions

Why convert my garage?

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

Will my garage conversion require planning permission?

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.

When will you need planning permission for a garage conversion?
    • If the garage conversion increases your home beyond permitted development rights if you live in a listed building
    • If you live in a listed building
    • You are converting the space of business
    • Your council has restrictions on reducing parking

By ensuring that the exterior of the garage remains untouched, you can avoid these restrictions.

Will the conversion take a long time?
Common conversion will be completed in 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the specification involved.
Once my conversion is completed, will i receive a building control certificate?

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.

Are elite builders London fully insured to convert my garage?

Yes, we are comprehensively insured

What kind of guarantee will i receive?

All of our high quality garage conversions are covered with a 15 year company guarantee.


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