Garages are often not considered when people undertake extensions to their properties but garages can be the ideal choice to provide additional living space. 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.
Due to a lack of space, it can become difficult to continue storing a vehicle in a garage. It used to be the case that the family vehicle could not be out in inclement weather. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now not necessary to keep the car inside a garage. 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.
A garage conversion could add up to 20% to your homes value in Crawley, while gaining valuable extra living space that is less prone to complications planning. It can be extremely cost-effective to extend your home using one of our high quality garage conversions
If you are unwilling to lose your whole garage space, we can also perform high-quality conversions on half of a double garage. Doing so means that you can obtain living space and continue to take advantage of a car park
It could be that you have prime space for a quality garage conversion, that you are currently just using to store useless items. We routinely convert garages that are simply being used as storage spaces for unwanted household items. It used to be the case before cars were galvanised that you would need to protect the car by storing it in the garage.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. Converting a garage in location XXL can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add space to your home and can also add additional value as well the value of the garage conversion would increase in tandem with the house price.
Our well designed garage conversions can also greatly increase the natural light within your home. 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.
No matter what interior changes are required for your garage conversion, including installation, roof leak fixing, painting, ETEC our skilled team will be happy to undertake them. Your quality garage conversion in Crawley may require council consents for any of the structural or interior changes, we will be happy to handle this for you.
For those who work at home, our quality garage conversions could be the perfect answer to creating a stylish home office space. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. 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 are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
In Crawley many property owners have a variety of reasons to expand their home A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. 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!
One thing that many households need is more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfill varying needs in coming years. Store all with the aid of our restoration experts, including essential documents, towels, sports gear, and all other household pieces, neatly behind closed doors. In Crawley, our beautiful storage conversions will ensure that all of your family’s items are safely and securely stored.
Why not delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Crawley? 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.
Would you like to improve your living room in Crawley? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? 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. By undertaking most of the work involved in your garage conversion in-house, your conversion will be considered a permitted development and so planning consents will probably not be necessary.
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). A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Crawley may require formal permission.
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. 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. Depending on the conversion in Crawley 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.
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, we can help.
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in Crawley Many people live in cramped houses, which is often a very compelling reason to convert an extra bedroom. It is quite common within modern, cramped living spaces, that when family and friends come to visit there is a lack of space. 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.
One thing that many households need is more storage space And not just any storage space, but a well-designed system that will fulfil varying needs in coming years. 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 delight your children by turning your garage into a wonderful kids playroom in Crawley? 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?
Would you like to improve your living room in Crawley? Among your family members are there any that love to read books or watch films? You may need a special room for unique activities, massive bookshelves, comfortable chairs, soundproof walls, and atmospheric environment… how does that sound? 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 garage conversions especially integral or attached spaces most of the work is in-house (except the changing the front and installing one or two windows).
If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in Crawley. If your property was built recently there could be restrictive covenants within the deeds that require your garage to be used only as a parking area, it is possible to discharge this covenant however. A garage conversion alters the use of a detached garage and therefore in Crawley may require formal permission.
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. Any major structural changes that will be made throughout the building project, will require a completed householder planning application. Our methodical team can help you with any other permits that you may require such as listed building consents or party wall agreements.
Because this form of conversion requires a change of use, a garage conversion would be subject to the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.
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. It is highly recommendable that a building control officer or inspector looks at your garage conversion because they can give advice regarding a large number of issues such as damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, structural protection and many more.
Our dedicated team of expert engineers will ensure that the walls and roof of your garage are sound and watertight before the conversion work will begin. The majority of the building work to complete the conversion, will be carried out inside the pre-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. Here is a summary of the construction work required for your conversion
An existing concrete floor could well be solid enough to accommodate general 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.
It is very important to ensure that the foundations of a basement are watertight All basements should be built up to the maximum retained height of the area to cope with groundwater levels In theory, in a regulated drainage system, a cavity drain membrane system allows moisture of flowing water to pass behind the cone. The installation of a cavity drain system generally requires very little planning or destruction to your property.
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. 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 Attached or detached single skin garages may be insulated internally, typically by erecting stud walls with timbers that are wide enough to accommodate ample insulation (plus an air gap). If your building has cavity walls, then we will not require stud walls to be built, we can simply blow insulation into the gap which means that all of the internal space is retained.
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. Our professional team can discuss with you the installation of a warm roof system which is insulated at the rafter level.
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. 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. 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. One of our specialist structural engineers may need to make the calculations for this kind of design. 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 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. Any escape window is required by law to have a transparent openable area of at least not 0.33 mm2, it should have a width and height of not less than 450 mm and should be installed in such a way that the bottom opens and creates an area that is not more than 1100 mm from the finished stage.
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. 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
If your consumer unit and boiler need to be updated, it is possible that there could be up to £2000 extra added to the project budget An easy option for lighting are led downlights which can be easily fitted into the ceiling of the new garage conversion Our talented design team are committed to maximising floor space within your quality garage conversion, which is why we would suggest using slimline underfloor heating instead of radiators.
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
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. Between £15 to 25k plus vat for a simple garage conversion would be our rough estimate.
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Our team of highly skilled industry professionals are on hand to answer any questions you may have with regards to the transformation of your garage into a quality conversion.
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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