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.
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. However as technology has advanced vehicles, the need for garage parking is now being regularly galvanised. By storing rubbish and unwanted items in your garage, you are essentially wasting what could be a beautiful addition to your living space.
Most people’s garage space contains items that they stored many years ago and have never found the time or motivation to remove. Most households would definitely appreciate extra space within their property.
Our extensive industry experience has shown that a garage conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your property. It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions
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.
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. We routinely convert garages that are simply being used as storage spaces for unwanted household items. Modern cars are routinely galvanised meaning that they do not need to be protected from inclement weather in a garage.
By parking outside of the garage you will free up the internal space for one of our beautiful garage conversions. Our high quality garage conversions in Reigate are a simple and cost-effective way to add additional value to your home.
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.
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 Reigate to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
Why not choose to convert your garage into a functional home office space now that remote working is so much more popular. There are an infinite number of design ideas for garage conversions, so why not contact our imaginative design team today? Our accomplished team of builders and tradespeople can discuss the best way that elite builders London can help you realise your design ideas.
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
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Reigate One of the common reasons for this is to live in a cramped house. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Our beautiful bedroom conversions mean that there will always be space for extra guests or family members. Or how about a whole new bedroom for you?
It is very common that a household will require 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. Our detail orientated engineers can install a storage system that will help you to store all household items 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.
Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Reigate playroom. 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 Our skilled and professional team of builders are on hand to create a unique and functional children’s playroom, why not contact us today?
Is your Reigate living room a little boring? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? 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
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 This is likely to be called permitted development (PD) so the formal planning consent in Reigate would typically not be necessary.
It may be necessary to discharge any restrictive covenants pertaining to your modern property, such as that the garage be maintained as a parking area. Most properties in Reigate 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. 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!
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. Your quality garage conversion in Reigate 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. 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.
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 to convert your garage to a home office, elite builders London can assist you.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Reigate A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house If you have a large family or a lot of visitors, it could be challenging to find places for them to sleep. 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 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 Reigate, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your families items are safely and securely stored.
Give your kids the special hideaway and play spot by turning your garage into a Reigate playroom. 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.
It is understandable if you feel a little bored by your living room. Are there bookworms or movie lovers 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. 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 many integral or attached space garage conversions, our high quality design and construction is conducted in-house.
This is likely to be called permitted development (pd) so the formal planning consent in Reigate would typically not be necessary. It may be necessary to discharge any restrictive covenants pertaining to your modern property, such as that the garage be maintained as a parking area. It could be possible that your Reigate 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. That would cost £500, plus any design fees. 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.
Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would be subject to the building regulations. With more complex Reigate garage conversion projects you might prefer to have complete structural plans drawn up.
As long as the conversion is built according to the approved schematics of your structural plans, you can rest assured that the conversion is conforming to building 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.
The walls and roof have to be made sound and watertight before the project can begin. Most of the work will then be conducted by our expert team, inside the existing garage space.
The first step in a quality garage conversion is to strip back the main structure to see whether they could be any unforeseen issues such as at foundations or any problems with the walls. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
The concrete floor in garages, are generally built to be sturdy enough for regular domestic use. 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.
The first thing when converting a basement is to ensure that the foundation will not let in water. 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. In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. To an established structure a cavity drain system requires minimum planning and disruption
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. Garage conversions can create additional loads to be supported by the foundations of the building, this will be carefully assessed during the design stage to ensure that your garage foundations can withstand it. Not only will increased windows or patio doors in your conversion increase the light that can enter, it will also lighten the load placed upon the garage foundations.
Our team of dedicated industry professionals will be able to advise you as to whether you need to insulate the walls of your garage, however, this will generally not be necessary in an integrated garage for example. 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.
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.
Condensation can be highly detrimental to the building structure, therefore flat roofs will require rigid insulation between the ceiling joists and under them 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. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating regular units. Casements sashes and door sets can be installed into the wall by punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels as desires
The main house and garage openings can also be installed using the same method. For a more open plan design, we would recommend the use of a reinforcing steel beam. Designing a more open plan garage conversion could require a structural engineer to make some 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.
It is required by law that any habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door must have an escape window. We can ensure that all building and safety regulations will be closely followed when installing an escape window.
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.
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. For a new ceiling structure in a quality garage conversion we would suggest the use of led downlights to illuminate the room effectively. Why not consider installing cutting-edge underfloor heating to maximise the interior space in your new conversion?
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom, the hot and cold water sources as well as drainage would need to be accounted for. One possible problem here could be 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. If you require a simple garage conversion, for one garage, we would suggest a budget of around £15 to 25k plus vat.
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If you need some details about transforming your current garage space with a custom conversion in Reigate, our expert consultants will be here to answer your questions and provide expert guidance.
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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