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Garage Conversion costs in 2021

Average Price

How much will I pay for a Garage Conversion?

Want to increase the space and value of your property with a Garage Conversion but unsure how much it’ll set you back? Read on to find out how much a building company will charge, on average, for a garage conversion.

What is a Garage Conversion? 

Although the primary purpose of a garage is to store our vehicles, very few of us use it for that!  Instead, garages are usually filled with clutter, rendering them useless spaces. A garage conversion will turn your junk room into usable living space, increasing the value of your home at the same time.

Depending on the size of your garage and the layout of your home, there are various types of conversions you can undertake. For example, extending your kitchen or even creating a downstairs bedroom for elderly relatives or those with mobility issues. Other uses include a home office or a gym, making garage conversions extremely versatile. 

What’s the average cost of a Garage Conversion? 

 The amount you pay for a garage conversion will vary depending on its size and the complexity of the job. Location is also going to affect the cost, as builders in major cities tend to charge more for their services. To give you a general idea, here’s a breakdown of average costs in Canada: 

Average Garage Conversion cost
Type of garage conversionHighest average price Lowest average price
Small$6,000 $3,000

Garage conversions range in cost from $3,000 for the smallest and most basic finish up to $25,000 for large, high-spec conversions. Homeowners will pay $14,000 on average, which includes all of the external and internal works.

Whether your project is on the lower or higher end of the scale, the advantages of a garage conversion are that it’s cheaper, not to mention less disruption than an extension would be. Plus, it will add value to your home.

If you are converting the garage into an extra bedroom, it will also be cheaper and less hassle compared with moving house. 

Price considerations 

The main key factors influencing the cost of a Garage Conversion are: 

  • Other work involved 

  • Building regulation checks 

  • Your current garage space

  • Usage types

  • The value added to your home 

Other work involved

There’s more to a garage conversion than meets the eye! The space will need to have adequate lighting, heating, power and insulation. The garage door will be removed and bricked up with a window added to the front. Towards the back, a door can be added or you can knock through to create one long extended space. 

In terms of cost, it depends on the size of the room as well as the spec of the finish you wish to aim for. New windows will set you back $300 and if they are aluminium or particularly high spec the cost could be higher.

Remember your quote will need to cover the building work itself, as well as the internal decoration. If you wish to hire an architect or interior designer the project will be more expensive.

Building regulation checks 

It’s important to carry out building regulation checks, which cost $460 on average, as an additional fee. This is necessary to ensure your garage conversion is fire-regulated, energy-efficient, moisture-proof, structurally sound and that all the electrics are safe. 

Other considerations 

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to getting a garage conversion. You need to consider the space you have to work with, what you want to use the room for as well as the level of finish you want to achieve.  

Here are some of the main points to consider to help you figure out both your vision and your budget. 

  • Your current garage space 

  • Usage types 

  • The value added to your home 

Your current garage space

The first step is to consider your current garage space and crucially, the rooms it could potentially lead out onto. For example, will the room be separate or attach to another room? Usually, a garage will have two access point options which sit to the side and rear of the room. 

Usage types

When it comes to transforming your garage into usable space, the possibilities are endless! Ideally, the extra space you will gain from the conversion should solve a problem you have. For example, needing an extra bedroom or a home office. 

If your garage is quite thin and narrow, it may not work as an individual room. Therefore, it won’t add as much value to your home. However, it can still come in handy as a utility room or even as a dining area if your kitchen is quite small. 

The usage type will have an impact on the type of internal work you’ll need to undertake, which will affect the completion time as well as the budget. 

The value added to your home

While a garage conversion may seem like a pretty big investment, it could increase the value of your home by as much as $50,000, especially if it’s a double garage or if an additional storey has been created. 

The true figure is of course variable depending on where you’re based and the scope of work. 

Either way, given garage conversions are much cheaper than property extensions, it’s a much more affordable way to add value to your home. 

Getting a Garage Conversion - is it worth the cost? 

Unless you use your garage to store your vehicle, then precious space is being wasted! A garage conversion will breathe a new lease of life back into wasted space. It can add a much-needed bedroom or dining space to your home, which ultimately will add value to your home. 

Whatsmore, it can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your home, especially when done to a high spec. Overall, a garage conversion will ensure every part of your property adds value and has proper usage.

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