Although your garage may be being used as a storage area, it could be the perfect option to provide you with additional living space. 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 vehicles have grown in size and unfortunately the size of our living spaces have decreased. Some years ago most people used to simply use the garage for storing their car. Modern car design has meant that garage parking is now not really necessary. As a consequence garages appear to transform into empty rooms, or they become overflowing with rubbish and unwanted belongings.
Most households have stored their garages, exercise equipment, toys, or memorabilia, and very often it will take some time to dispose of these things, so they appear to remain in garages for years or even decades. As we generally need living space more than we need storage space, we are often overlooking a very cost-effective and simple way to enlarge our home.
We have seen that within Walthamstow, 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.
If you have a double garage attached to your property, we could perform a conversion on half of it leaving the other half as space for storage. 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.
With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. It is highly likely that in most modern properties the garage is used to store outdated memorabilia and worthless items.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.
Freeing up your garage space by parking on the street could be the perfect choice for your property. Our high quality garage conversions in Walthamstow are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.
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. 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 perform one of our high quality garage conversions, our dedicated team of engineers need to be very careful and consider your exact requirements on a case-by-case basis If your first-class Walthamstow garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful 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 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
Why not expand your home in Walthamstow? A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house One very common reason to expand your house is a lack of adequate sleeping space for either family members or guests. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. It is also possible that you may want the new conversion for yourself.
It is very common that a household will require more storage space Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. By carefully considering your exact requirements our expert team can ensure that your new storage area fits your exact specifications to enhance your property.
A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Walthamstow. Our highly skilled team can deliver a playroom that is either open or closed, it’s your choice. 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?
In Walthamstow your typical living room gets a little boring? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms in your family? Why not use your living room conversion as a home cinema, for example? Our renovation specialists will listen carefully to your needs and wishes and will convert your garage to results that will blow your mind
For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house. If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (PD), you may not require planning consent in Walthamstow.
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). Most properties in Walthamstow will require written formal approval if you plan to alter the 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. 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, etc. Your quality garage conversion in Walthamstow may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
With the increasing rise of remote workers, converting your garage into a stylish home office space could be the perfect solution for you to enjoy working from home. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. Whatever your vision, elite builders London has the design and construction knowledge to make it a reality.
We will make sure that we cover all of the things on your list, lighting, colours, storage, floor plans you name them! We offer a first-class start to finish service for your garage conversion.
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. Finding sleeping spots for your family members and guests could be challenging, for example Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
It is very common that a household will require 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 structured storage spaces allow you to store all of your essential documents, and other household items in a controlled and orderly way. In Walthamstow, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your families items are safely and securely stored.
A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Walthamstow. We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages 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 Walthamstow 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. Our high quality renovation specialists are on hand to ensure that your garage conversion is exactly how you dreamed it would be.
For the majority of our quality garage conversions, the construction work will take place inside the house.
Planning consent in Walthamstow 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 Walthamstow 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. The cost would be £500 with any additional design fees as extra. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. If you have adjacent neighbours or you reside in a listed building it could be that you will require listed building consents or party wall agreements to undertake a conversion.
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.
The first thing to do at the start of the project is to make the walls and roof completely sound and watertight. 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
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. 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. 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.
To ensure that a basement is watertight we will undertake the required work to waterproof it Basements can be affected by rising groundwater therefore it is very important to ensure that your basement is built up to the maximum height of the area. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and disruption
By using masonry infill to match your new garage door and wall into the existing brickwork of the house, our specialists builders can successfully blend your conversion with the rest of the house 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. Planning allows you to add windows or a glazed access door and bring more daylight into your new space, which can also help to reduce the load.
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 By erecting a stud wall with timbers so there is a wide enough space to place installation, your attached or detached single skin garage can easily be internally insulated. Buildings with cavity walls may have insulation blown into the gap, thereby preserving the space of the internal floor.
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. By insulating a roof at the rafter level, we can create a warm roof system in which we would also generally use rooflights.
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.
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. It is possible to keep costs down at this stage of the construction by operating on regular units. For the different varieties of door installations, we generally begin by inserting the desired lintels into a suitable hole.
The same is true of main house and garage openings To achieve a modern, open plan design, we would use a reinforced steel beam over a large area. Because an open plan designed garage conversion may involve more structural adjustments, it could be necessary for a structural engineer to lend his expertise. 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.
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. 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. Your consumer unit and boiler may have to deal with an additional load due to the addition of new electrical circuits and heating loops in the conversion.
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. 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.
Hot and cold water sources would need to be accounted for during the conversion. Another main problem here is ventilation The addition of a bathroom or kitchen to your conversion may mean that you also need to install a powerful extractor ventilator so that there will be no humidity buildup
Our detail oriented industry professionals provide quotations based on each individual case. Although conversion costs are difficult to estimate, £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion is an accepted market price.
Our professional team would undertake the following;
If you are interested in a Walthamstow custom garage conversion, why not contact our professional team today to enquire?
Call now on 020898780714 for some support or to get a free garage conversion 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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