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.
Cars have grown much bigger in recent years and houses much smaller. The family car had to defend against the harsh weather years ago. Modern car design has meant that garage parking is now not really necessary. 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.
If you wish to add up to 20% to your home’s value and gain additional valuable living space, why not consider one of our high quality garage conversions? 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 is less likely these days that there is ample space in your garage to store your vehicle which means that generally most garage spaces are being wasted. These days garages seem to get packed with discarded exercise equipment, outdated toys and worthless memorabilia that will take more time to throw away then it is really worth. The family car had to be protected from the elements in days gone by but that was before they were galvanised routinely.
By parking outside the garage you can utilise this extra living space and create a valuable addition to your home. By converting your garage in East-Grinstead, you will be effectively increasing the interior space in your home whilst increasing your property value in an extremely cost-effective way.
If your property would benefit by extra daylight, one of our quality garage conversions could be the perfect solution. We generally favour installing glazed doors in between a garage conversion and the adjoining room to create a much lighter and more spacious interior.
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. Any council consents that you may require in East-Grinstead to complete your beautiful garage conversion, can be left to elite builders London to acquire.
Our expert designers can convert your garage into an elegant and useful home office space. Our innovative design team can convert your garage in an unlimited number of ways. Why not contact our expert engineering team today to get more information on the elite builders London process to convert your garage into a unique and beautiful space
Elite builders London are here to help you realise all of your design ideas whether they relate to lighting, colours, storage or anything else. We are committed to delivering exactly what you require for your garage conversion, to the highest specifications.
Our professional builders can perform a quality conversion to expand your home for whatever reason. If you have a cramped property, it could be a great idea to convert an extra bedroom. It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. Expand or convert your house and have a spot to relax and rest for your beloved guests of family members Why not keep the bedroom conversion for yourself?
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. We can design a unique storage system that will allow you to store everything from essential documents to sports gear in an orderly and controlled way. 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.
Your kids will be over the moon when they see your quality playroom conversion in East-Grinstead 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. Why not contact our friendly design team today to see how we can change your garage into an imaginative and functional children’s playroom?
Is your East-Grinstead living room 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 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.
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 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 East-Grinstead 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. 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.
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. If your first-class East-Grinstead garage conversion requires any council consents, allow elite builders London to deal with the necessary paperwork to acquire these.
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
People have many reasons to have their homes expanded and converted in East-Grinstead A great reason for converting an extra bedroom is lack of space within the house It could be possible that there is a lack of space for either family members or guests to sleep in your property. 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!
It is highly likely that your house would benefit from 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. We can design a unique storage system that will allow you to store everything from essential documents to sports gear in an orderly and controlled way. Our experts will ensure that in East-Grinstead your new storage area has all your family easily needs and a little more
Why not change your garage into a magical kids playroom in East-Grinstead? When deciding on your playroom design, you may have it as open or as closed as you wish. Our beautifully designed children’s play rooms can offer privacy and a secure environment for your children to enjoy themselves. Our renovation specialists will help you design and transform your children’s healthy, comfortable, good-looking, and functional room, get in touch with us now!
In East-Grinstead your typical living room gets a little boring? 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. Our ingenious designers and engineers can guarantee that whatever you require for your garage conversion, they can deliver it to the highest standard.
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
If your garage conversion falls within the ambit of permitted development (pd), you may not require planning consent in East-Grinstead. 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). It could be possible that your East-Grinstead 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. The overall charge would be £500 and you would have to pay the design fees on top of that. Large structural alterations such as changing windows, or incorporating an extension would require you to complete an application. Depending upon the property where you wish to carry out the conversion, we may need to apply for various permits, for example if you reside in a listed building, or you have adjacent neighbours.
By changing your garage from a storage and parking area you would have to meet the building regulations. Sometimes when undertaking a complicated conversion, it is recommended to have complete structural plans drawn up before you begin.
Building control will look over your structural plans and will be able to confirm that there are within the building regulations, ensuring that the construction of your conversion also conforms to these regulations. In addition to structural protection, damp proofing, ventilation, insulation, and energy conservation, fire safety (including escape routes), electrical and plumbing are key areas the building control officer or authorised inspector can look at.
To prepare any garage for a conversion, the first step is to make sure that the walls and roof are 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.
Our dedicated team of engineers don’t want any nasty surprises during the construction project which is why we begin every garage conversion by stripping the main structure to ensure that there are strong foundations and walls. To guarantee a high quality conversion, our team will be carrying out work such as this.
It is highly likely that the existing floor in your garage is solid enough for any of the conversion requirements. By levelling the pre-existing concrete floor, damp proofing it and insulating it, we can ensure thermal efficiency within the new conversion. Our expert team of engineers are highly adept at insulating garage floors in a way that will simply place them on the same level as the floors of the main house.
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. By installing a cavity drain membrane system, our specialised team of builders will ensure that your basement has a regulated drainage system. Our competent builders and tradesmen would generally suggest a cavity drain system as it requires very minimal planning.
The most popular route is to replace the main garage door with traditional walling matching the rest of the house, such as a masonry infill completely to and bonded into the existing brickwork. 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.
Usually integrated garages are designed to the same level as the main building, so the walls do not require improvements. 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.
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.
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. It is often a concern that the conversion will decrease the height from floor-to-ceiling, however our innovative design techniques involve the use of slim multi-foil or polysocianyiltrate products which means that no height will be lost in the conversion process.
It may seem obvious but it is very important to choose high quality windows with appropriate u values for your new conversion. We would also recommend the cost-effective option of operating regular units. Our sophisticated engineering techniques involve punching a suitable hole and inserting lintels to ensure the installation of casements, door sets and sashes to the highest standard.
The same is true of main house and garage openings 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. Because an open plan designed garage conversion may involve more structural adjustments, it could be necessary for a structural engineer to lend his expertise. However if you have an integrated garage it is possible that a developer may decide that there are restrictive agreements which must be addressed prior to you beginning your conversion.
It is required by law that any habitable room which doesn’t have an exterior door must 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.
The best way to get this infrastructure in place is by recruiting trained professionals to self-certify their work under part p of the building regulations. Our highly trained professionals can advise you as to how much additional load your consumer unit and boiler may need to deal with due to the heating loops and new electrical circuits installed in the new space.
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. We will also of course help you to design a lighting concept in your new conversion and many times will suggest led downlights as they can be integrated easily into the new ceiling Heating wise, plumbing will be the cheapest solution in a suitably sized radiator but slimline underfloor heating is a sleek alternative that can maximise floor plan and free up wall space.
It is sensible to bear in mind that if your conversion will include a kitchen or bathroom, the drainage and the water source will need to be dealt with Ventilation could be an issue. 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. However our industry experience means that we can estimate that a simple garage conversion will work out to be roughly £15 to 25k plus vat.
Our professional team would undertake the following;
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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