Garage Conversions in Guildford, Surrey


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Why not Convert Your Garage in Guildford?

Our speciality garage conversions can expand your living room and are tailored to suit any budget. Because a garage is a pre-existing structure, a conversion can be much cheaper than an extension, which would involve building something completely new. Your garage may already have electricity, too. Designed with your existing property in mind, our garage conversions are based on a unique single storey design. A garage is a perfect place for a conversion as this space is typically just used for storage. 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. We will not waste either time or money when converting your garage into a beautiful living space.
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Could You Benefit From the Additional Space in Your Garage?

By converting your garage to provide additional living space for your family, you will be using a space that most people simply never consider. 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.

It is worthwhile to think about whether you are using your garage for anything important or not.

Our living spaces have grown progressively smaller over recent years therefore it can often be a waste of space to be keeping a car in a garage. 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. These days most garages have been converted into rooms for storing unwanted rubbish.

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.  Meanwhile we are struggling to find the space in our homes that we need

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 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

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. Allow our expert builders to convert half of your double garage so you can enjoy additional living space combined with garage parking.

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Why Opt for a Garage Conversion in Guildford?

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

With cars growing bigger and houses becoming smaller, more and more garages are turning into useless space. These days garages seem to get packed with discarded exercise equipment, outdated toys and worthless memorabilia that will take more time to throw away then it is really worth. It used to be the case before cars were galvanised that you would need to protect the car by storing it in the garage.

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. Our high quality garage conversions in Guildford are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.

Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. A garage conversion is an exceptional addition to any garage that has an adjoining room, as our innovative design places glass doors in between the two rooms to greatly increase the light and air in both.

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

  • Reduced need for indoor parking
  • We can tailor the perfect conversion to suit your home
  • Reduce household clutter
  • Quick option with minimum disruption and stress
  • Can be undertaken without planning permission
  • Increasing the value of your property
  • Large nuclear family
  • Cost-effective
  • Difficult to fit a big vehicle in a 150 ft.² garage
  • Reducing storage space for unwanted items

First-Class Garage Conversion Services in Guildford

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. Any council consents that you may require in Guildford to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.

Guildford workspace conversions

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

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. 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.

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 Guildford

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. 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!

Why not convert for extra storage space in Guildford?

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires more storage space Our well-designed storage system will assist you to store any number of different items now and in the future. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items 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 convert a kids playroom in Guildford?

Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Guildford playroom. You can design a playroom that you can see into, or one that is closed. Offer them privacy and make sure that they continue to play in a secure and supervised environment Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?

Converting your living space in Guildford

Are you getting bored of your living space? Are there any cinema lovers or bookworms 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.

Converting your garage and planning permission in Guildford

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 Planning consent in Guildford is generally not required if your garage conversion can be called permitted development (PD).

It is highly recommended to check your house deeds to see if your house is subject to any restrictive covenants which only allow your garage to be used as a parking area because if that is the case they will need to be discharged. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Guildford may require formal permission.

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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. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.

First-class garage conversion services in Guildford

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. If your first-class Guildford garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.

Guildford Workspace Conversions

Are you missing a corner of an office in your Guildford 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 specialists in renovation will speak to you through numerous ideas and about the elite builders London process

Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. Whatever you require to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.

Quality extra bedroom conversions in Guildford

There are often different factors at play when it comes to deciding whether to convert an extra bedroom. 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. Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?

Why Not Convert for Extra Storage Space in Guildford?

With ever expanding families, it is very possible that your property requires 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 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 Guildford to ensure that yours and your families items can be stored in an adequate space.

Guildford quality kids playroom conversion

A wonderful choice can be converting your garage into a special kids playroom in Guildford. We can design an open or closed playroom dependent on your children’s ages Our high-quality playroom conversions can offer a wonderfully safe and secure environment for your children to play. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?

Why not consider a living space conversion in Guildford?

In Guildford your typical living room gets a little boring? 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? 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?

Planning permission in Guildford and high quality garage conversions

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

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As the majority of garage conversions are considered permitted developments or pd, it is not necessary to request planning consents in Guildford. 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 Guildford 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.

Garage conversions and building regulations in Guildford

As your garage conversion will allow you to use your garage in a different way, it would then be subject to the building regulations With more complex Guildford garage conversion projects you might prefer to have complete structural plans drawn up.

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.

Guildford garage conversion key works and considerations

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. Our team will carry out the following during the construction process

  Inspecting the floor for any improvements

It is highly likely that the existing floor in your garage is solid enough for any of the conversion requirements. However, to increase the temperature within the garage conversion, it may be necessary to level the floor, damp proof and insulate 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.

Builders working in the basement conversion

Waterproofing a basement makes sure the foundation is watertight Our quality basement conversions include increasing the height of the basement 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

    For a high quality garage conversion, we would generally replace the main garage door with brickwork that matches the rest of the house. Our careful attention to detail during the design stage will allow us to assess whether the existing foundations need any modification to withstand the new loads. 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.

  • High-quality wall insulation

    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. We can internally insulate attached or detached single skin garages by using stud walls with timbers to ensure minimum disruption. To preserve the internal floor space of our high quality conversions, we can also blow insulation into the gap in cavity walls.

How can I insulate the roof?

At loft level, the easiest way to remove the garage roof is to place 270 mm of mineral wood which should be adequate with a pitch covering 100 millimetres between the joists and the rest on top. Why not discuss a warm roof system with our expert design team and allow them to also include rooflights which can add extra daylight to the interior of the conversion.

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.

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What kind of doors and windows can I install?

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. 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 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.

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  High-quality heating and electrics installation

We would be happy to provide any kind of heating and electrical infrastructure in your new conversion by using highly trained professionals who can self-certify that their work complies with 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.

This could potentially add up to £2000 to the total project budget if these devices require updating. An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion A great way to maximise the space in your new garage conversion is to install slimline underfloor heating as opposed to radiators.

For any conversion including a kitchen or bathroom, our professional plumbers will ensure that the drainage and the water sources are accounted for. One possible problem here could be ventilation The issue of ventilation with regards to a bathroom or kitchen can be easily remedied by the installation of a powerful extractor ventilator stop

Price range for garage conversions in Guildford

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. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.

What exactly does this price include?

This price would include:

  • Make good all disturbed areas and clear away rubbish
  • Jet wash drive
  • Plaster all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceiling when necessary
  • Supply and fit skirting and architrave
  • Gain final building certificates
  • Provide company 15 year guarantee
  • Supply and fit one matching internal door to opening
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor
  • Create opening from house to garage
  • Supply and fit four double sockets
  • Supply and fit one radiator
  • Supply and fit one ceiling rose and switch
  • Supply and fit polythene radon damp proof barrier to walls and floor
  • Supply and fit plasterboard to all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Plaster all walls and ceiling where necessary
  • Supply and fit window to match existing
  • Construct cavity wall in selected regrade to damp proof course with all brickwork above ground level on outer walls to match existing facing walls
  • Supply and fit window boards
  • Submit building notice and deal with inspectors
  • Cover drive and supply skip
  • Dick footing to the front of the garage and supply and fit one 150×100 mm prestressed concrete lintel
  • Remove existing door and frame
  • Supply and fit new insulated floor

Guildford free garage conversion consultation

We can answer any questions that you may have regarding your beautiful Guildford custom garage conversion.

We are on hand to support you through the conversion process and also to give you a free quote if you would like, so why not contact us on (020) 8987 8071?

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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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