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As part of our services we provide quality garage conversions in the local area converting unused space into bespoke bedrooms, offices & kitchen-diners. We offer a complete project management service from planning through to completion & we meet all building regulation & safety requirements with our skilled tradespeople

Our goal is to create your vision in a friendly, polite & professional manner. We have a proud five star reputation in Warwickshire by treating customers & their property with respect & courtesy & listening to their exact requirements when planning & finishing our conversions. To arrange a free no obligation quote please contact us on the number above or fill out our contact form found below.

 


Garage Conversions - The process

Understanding the basics

Replacing the door: The garage door will have to be replaced with a new wall and/or window. This may mean new foundations, but there are other options, including having lintels set just below ground level that bear on sound masonry or existing foundations each end.

Roof: The garage roof will almost certainly need to be upgraded to ensure it is water-tight. Use new tiles and materials that match those of the main roof. If you can swap a flat roof for a pitched one it will make the conversion less obvious from outside, and the new raised pitch may have space for rooflights. Doing much more than general repairs to the roof will have to be approved by your local building control department.

Windows: New windows won’t usually need planning permission but will need to be energy-efficient and double-glazed to be approved by building control. They may also need to be able to be opened right up, too, to comply with fire safety regulations. Match the style to the house’s existing windows to help the conversion fit in.

Ventilation: Shower rooms and kitchens must meet building regulation requirements with extractor fans, but you might also like to include an extractor if you’re planning on using the room as a home gym. Otherwise, an opening window and background ventilation in the form of air bricks or trickle vents will be needed.

Insulation: Building regulations require walls, windows, the floor and roof to be insulated to a certain level. This might mean dry-lining the walls, using polystyrene floor insulation and fitting sealed double-glazed windows. It’s important to get this right — poorly done, it will result in a cold, damp room. Bear in mind that bedrooms, home offices and playrooms will need more insulation than a utility, for example.


Heating: If your boiler won’t cope with another radiator, or it’s not practical to run the new pipework, consider electric underfloor heating, which is relatively easy to install.

Walls: External garage walls will usually be single course brickwork, which won’t meet building regulations for moisture and insulation. This can be solved by adding an interior, insulated plasterboard system such as the celotex pl4000 system

Electrics & plumbing: This work must be signed off by the building control department of your local council. Future-proof the space by allowing plenty of electrical points and a phone point, even if they won’t be used now.


If your garage is right next to your kitchen, knocking the two together to give you a wider, open-plan kitchen-diner will pay dividends by increasing your home’s value. If the garage roof is low, including a rooflight in the conversion will make it seem taller 

Planning permission

You don’t usually need planning permission to convert your garage. However, many houses built since the mid-1980s have conditions attached to the original planning consent prohibiting the conversion of the garage without planning .If you do need consent, the planning office will expect you to show in the application that your house will still have enough parking.You will also need permission if you live in a listed building, if the work would increase the building’s volume beyond permitted development rights, if you intend to use the space for a business, or if the council is keen to retain local off-road parking. Even if there are restrictions on changing your home’s exterior, you should be able to convert the interior.

You’ll need building regulations consent and sign off for the various elements of your build, as with other home alterations. Always check that your local council is happy with your plans before starting work. 


Your garage floor is likely to be lower than that of the rest of the house. You can either raise it so it’s level with elsewhere or, if ceiling levels don’t allow this, make a feature of it with attractive steps created by a local joiner. Ensure that the flooring in the new room matches that in the adjoining room as closely as possible.

What will it cost?

Typically a garage conversion costs from £7,000 for a basic single space up to around £20,000 for a basic double, but it can cost much more if your conversion is very high-spec or involves a lot of glazing, for example. The cost will also vary depending on how complicated the project is and where you live. Garages do not have to meet as many building regulations as living spaces, and detached garages can often be built without building regulations consent, so the quality of construction can vary significantly. How well the garage is built will dictate the costs; converting a poorly constructed garage could cost the same as demolishing it and building a new extension.

A partial conversion should cost less, but not by much. Fewer materials will be needed, but services, such as electrics and plumbing, will still have to be installed and budgeted for

Contact us now for more information on our garage conversion service


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