The Ultimate Beginners Guide To A Garage Conversion
What is a garage conversion?
A garage conversion means that you are changing your garage into something other than storage or a place you park your cars. It can be anything from a bedroom to a family room and anything in-between. It will open up the space in your home and allow your family to have more room.
If you use your garage as a storeroom or a place you just put your junk, maybe it’s time to consider making use of what could be a valuable asset. Having a garage conversion increases the house’s value up to 20%. This is because it is one of the speediest and most affordable routes to adding floor space. Garage conversions are often completed in a week and, depending on the project it could take up to a month
How Much Will The Garage Conversion Cost?
The average cost of a garage conversion varies it is often between £7,500 – £20,000 in the UK. This would cost around £469 – £1,200 per meter squared. However, every company has its own prices, and it could be different from the average cost.
The first step to a garage conversion is to conduct an assessment of the existing structure, in particular the soundness of foundations, walls, and roof. This will go a long way in revealing to work required to create a comfortable living environment. And a popular route that many seem to do is use a company that specialises in design and build.
Key works when converting a garage:
- Make sure the walls and roof are sound.
- Existing floor need to be levelled, damp proofed and insulated.
- Roof insulation
- Wall insulation
- Heating and electrics
- Windows and doors
Planning permission isn’t often required for a garage conversion. And you should consult with your local authority before you begin.
A garage conversion will always be subject to building regulations, so you or your contractor need to inform the local authority of your intent to stark work 48 hours prior to commencing on site. And with more complex projects you may prefer to have full structural plans drafted.
Tips to comply with building regulations:
- Have wall, floor and loft insulation so it is energy efficient.
- Be structurally sound.
- Make sure its damp proof.
- All electrics safety tested
- Good ventilation and moisture-proofed
- Have escape routes and fire-proofed
It is possible to plan and convert your garage yourself. This could be a good option if you have a small budget. Just be aware that your work will be checked by a buildings control officer and if it doesn’t comply with building regulations you will have to put it right at your own expense.