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Converting a garage for extra living space

Published on Sunday, 15th January 2017

Categories: Garage Conversions

A recent garage conversion in Staffordshire that we completed.

When it comes to adding extra value to your property and creating extra living space, a garage conversion is an option that often gets overlooked, however, it can be a cost-effective solution to providing some much needed extra room.

For this reason, converting the garage is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners who want to add vital space to their home, but don’t want to go to the expense of a more costly extension.

Why convert the garage: the benefits

As explained below, there are many benefits to converting the garage:

  • Making the most of your available space –  far too many homeowners fail to make the most of the additional space the garage has to offer; by investing in a garage conversion, you can make better use of this extra room that often gets taken for granted.
  • Added value – extra living space is associated with added value to your property.
  • Affordable – a garage extension is a cheaper option than a loft extension; this makes it a good choice if you are on a low-budget.
  • Less disruption – opting for a garage extension will cause much less disruption for your household as a whole, while still adding value and giving the property the extra space that you require.
  • Flexibility – a garage conversion has a multitude of uses. Whether you need some more kitchen space, a spare bedroom, somewhere to work from, or you want to create a hobby room, then a garage conversion will provide the extra space required.
  • Straightforward – many householders are put off by the potential stress of undergoing a home extension, however, a garage conversion is one of the easier options, and these projects tend to be relatively straightforward, which means they can be completed quickly.

What to consider when converting a garage

There are some key questions that need to be asked before you proceed with your plans to convert your garage into a living space.

The most important things to consider should be:

  • Finding a local builder and maybe an architect
  • What budget do you have and will it limit the possibility of achieving your plans?
  • Do you need to make additional structural changes and if so how much will this add to your budget?
  • Liaising with your local council and working in conjunction with a building control are other things you’ll need to consider.

Moving the project forward

It can be tempting to undertake a project such as this by yourself, however, expert advice will be essential if you are going to get the best result.

Your first consideration should be planning permission and building control. Planning permission isn’t usually a problem if there is no intention to expand the size of the garage, however, it’s a good idea to speak to your local council to check the guidelines for your area and whether or not planning permission would apply.

Next, a construction firm or architect can help draw up plans and help give you an idea of what your completed conversion will look like. With a firm idea of how you want the finished conversion to appear, a reliable local construction firm will be a key to the success of your garage conversion project.

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