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Garage conversions can add some much needed extra space to a property and they also have the potential to add as much as 10% to the value of a home. Garage conversions also tend to be relatively cost effective when compared to alternative methods of achieving extra living space such as building an extension or moving house.
There are a lot of benefits to converting a garage. For one, it is a relatively inexpensive conversion. You don’t need to lay new foundations or build new walls like you would with an extension. Also, most modern garages already have an electricity supply, and this will reduce any costs relating to wiring.
Converting a garage also makes sense if the alternative is moving house. Moving house costs time and money that can never be retrieved. However, a garage conversion will actually add value to your property – often more than the cost of the conversion!
If you have a garage that you think would be suitable for conversion and fancy getting some inspiration, check out our garage conversion ideas page. This covers the practical considerations required when converting your garage into an extra living space, a kitchen extension, a home office and more...
Before you start planning your garage conversion you will need to consider planning permission and building regulations:
Planning permission for a garage conversion is rarely necessary, especially if you do not plan to change the size or structure of the garage. Incidentally, this is another fantastic advantage of a garage conversion. However, there are a few exceptions where planning permission may be needed.
If you live in a listed building planning permission may be required due to more stringent rules on modification. Also some newer homes are built in developments that have restrictions on reducing parking availability. Standalone garages may also require a ‘change of use’ planning permission if they are to be converted into rooms for habitation, but a quick call to your local planning department will verify this.
Converting a garage to a habitable room such as a bedroom or “granny annex” will require compliance with your councils building regulations and this includes delivering a building notice to your local council. Your local building stadards department will take the following into account:
Garage waterproofing will be necessary in the walls and floor of your garage. Many garages are built with less care and attention paid to waterproofing compared to other parts of the home. This means garages often suffer from damp walls and floors as a result.
Tanking or a combination of damp proof membranes and drainage will be required to make the garage dry enough to be habitable.
These waterproofing measures will also allow the garage to be decorated like a regular room anywhere else in the property.
If you are planning a garage conversion and want qualified and experienced contractors then call Wise Basement Systems today on 0808 256 4538. Our team are rated and approved by Which?, The Property Care Association, TrustMark, Safe Contractor and more. All our surveyors are CSSW qualified and our technicians are among the most experienced in the business.
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