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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
Converting your garage
Posted a while ago by Andrew Eadie
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Converting a garage is an excellent and affordable way to add extra living space to your home. If you want to do it yourself, or hire a specialist garage conversion company, whether you want to convert your garage into an extra guest-bedroom, home-office or luxury home-cinema - this guide is what you need. Converting your garage can be a tricky business so, to make things easy for you, we have divided this guide into easy to understand sections:
Reasons to convert your garage
How to convert your garage
Reasons to convert your garage
What do you use your garage for these days? With cars getting bigger and houses getting smaller, more and more garages are turning into wasted space. These days, garages tend to get filled up with forgotten fitness equipment, old toys and useless memorabilia that would take more time to throw out than it is actually worth. In days gone by the family car had to be protected from the elements - but that was before they were routinely galvanised. So, if you can park in the street, don’t let this valuable asset go to waste! Converting a garage can be one of the most cost effective ways to add space to your home and it can even add extra value too - a garage conversion's value will rise in tandem with the house price.
Moreover, a well-made garage conversion can bring extra daylight into your house. If your garage is attached to the side of your house, installing glazed doors for access will make that adjoining room lighter and more airy! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular uses for that defunct old garage:
An extra bedroom
An extra bathroom
A childrens’ play-room
A larger kitchen
A home cinema
Another lounge is actually the most popular garage conversion. Think that having two lounges is excessive? Just wait till those cute kids turn into teenagers - you may not want to snuggle up on the sofa with your son and his spotty mates every night of the weekend. On the other hand, if you work for yourself and pay for office space elsewhere, perhaps you should size up the cost of having your own home-office, factoring in the added value to your house when you come to sell it. In comparison to building an extension or a loft conversion, converting your garage will most likely add the most extra floor space for the least extra expense. Read on for more about the conversion process!
Can I convert my garage?
Before you go ahead with your garage conversion, you need to know all the legal issues involved. There are three main things that you need to check first - if you go ahead without permission you could be forced to return everything to its original condition, at your own cost.
Restrictive clauses in your lease - You need to check your property deeds for any restrictive covenants. Some developers place a restriction on any building work that will affect the external appearance of the house. If there is such a clause, contact them, as it can often be circumvented for a fee. Your other option is to convert the inside of the garage without changing its external appearance. This is often achieved by keeping a front portion of the garage for storage space and converting the rest. Of course, the suitability of this option depends on your intentions for the garage.
Planning permission - You usually only need to apply for planning permission to convert a garage when you intend to extend the actual size of the garage. However, check with your local authority as the precise rules do differ.
Building Regulations - If you plan to convert any part of your house into a room to be used as habitable space, you will need to comply with government building regulations. A building control officer will probably need to check your conversion a number of times during construction. More information can be found on the relevant section of the government's website. Again, rules differ so you need to check with your local council. There are some instances where permission to convert your garage may be denied such as:
You live in a listed building or neighbourhood - It is very likely in this case that the external appearance of the house must be maintained as it is.
Your garage conversion would affect drainage - If you plan on concreting over your garden or anything similar, thus putting extra pressure on the existing drainage in place, you may need to invest in a solution to allay the potential for flooding or blocked drains.
Additional insulation is needed - Some councils will allow you to simply add the extra fill to the existing construction, others demand that you dig up the floor and insulate it as if building from scratch. This will affect your budget, so always check first.
Parking restrictions - In some cities where there is a particular shortage of parking spaces such as London, councils can refuse permission to convert your garage from a place where a car is kept.
What kind of garage do you own and is it suitable for conversion?
Single garage - A single garage will add around 150 square feet of floor space to your home.
Double garage - You may either convert the whole area, or just the nearest side to your house. If you convert it all, you can expect to add around 300 square feet of floor space to your home.
Tandem garage - As before, converting only the back will leave you with the best of both worlds.
Standalone garage - Careful, as you may need to make an application for permission to change its use
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
Convert your garage in seven easy steps
Step 1: Carry out an assessment of your garage and decide how you can utilise the space. If it’s currently used to store large items, you may have to consider dedicating a section of your garage towards the storage of these items or relocate them to an outbuilding such as a lock-secured garden shed.
Research recommended contractors nearby and gather several quotes for the work. Note, if there is any electrical, gas or plumbing work to be carried out, ensure that the contractor is registered with the correct governing body and they are able to certify their work.
Step 2: All planning and building regulations and requirements will need to be considered. You may need planning permission from your local authority if the work involves converting your garage into a habitable space. If you have any doubt about gaining planning permission or meeting building regulation requirements, always ask your local authority, who will direct you.
Where possible, ask for written confirmation of any advice provided by your local authority so that you can ensure that you have the correct permissions to carry out your conversion.
Step 3: Obtain a written contract from your contractor/builder/garage conversion company which clearly states everyone’s responsibilities and what you need to pay on completion of the project.
Step 4: Once the contract is in place and you have all permission approved you can start by clearing out the garage space. If you’re expanding an existing room such as a kitchen, then now would be the ideal time to knock-through the wall. Once the debris has been cleared, you can commence with any electrical works and pipe work installations for gas and plumbing.
Hint: if the space will be used as a guest room or a playroom, you may want to consider under-floor heating.
Step 5: It’s highly likely that a garage conversion will involve the installation of at least one new external cavity wall and this stage of the conversion would be an ideal time to do so. Diligence must be taken to ensure that the wall is of sound build and is able to repel moisture from the ground (damp proofing) and also resist the outside elements.
Any new windows and doors can also be installed at this stage followed by any radiators and kitchen or bathroom units.
Step 6: Now that the majority of the building works have completed, you can begin to decorate your new space. To avoid any stains or damage to your new flooring, it may be best to get painting before the floor or carpet is laid.
Step 7: Once you’ve decorated your newly converted garage, you and your family can begin to reap the benefits of the additional space in your home!
How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?
Loft conversion: where do I start?
Converting your empty attic space into a useable room can be the most cost effective way of adding significant value to your home and increasing your liveable space - whether for another bedroom, office, gym or entertainment room for your teenagers. But where should you start and what do you need to consider?
Why do a loft conversion?
A loft conversion can add a significant amount of money – up to 20% – to the value of a property. Many families choose to convert their loft area as a means of obtaining more space without having to endure the costly and stressful process of moving home. Work taking place in the loft can also be less disruptive than, say, a major extension to an existing living space.
Be careful not to outgrow your road. If you invest too much and extend too far you’re unlikely to see a return on your investment.
Is my loft a useable space?
You’ll want to start by assessing whether your roof space is suitable for conversion.
“The most important thing to consider is the footprint of the existing loft space. As a minimum rule of thumb, internal walls should measure 5,500mm side to side inclusive of chimney and 7,500mm front to back. If you are in and around the above as a minimum then you should be able to convert,”
How will I use the space?
Once you have roughly established your home is suitable for a loft conversation, think about how you would like to use it; perhaps an extra bedroom with en-suite bathroom, or maybe a den or playroom for your growing children. How about a space to relax or study?
Or it could be a multi- purpose room with a combination of uses, such as extra living space which doubles as guest accommodation. If you are going to include a bathroom, will it be a shower room or will there be space to include a bath? When you are thinking about planning a bathroom in a loft, remember to leave plenty of headroom.
Also think about storage, as built-in space can often be included, especially in the eaves.
When looking at the floor plan don’t overestimate the space you will get. You may have angled ceilings which restrict movement and the type of furniture you can have. By necessity most domestic loft conversions offer useable space of cosy dimensions, best suited to sleeping, play or office space.
Can I convert the loft myself?
The installation of a loft conversion is a complicated process, which may involve your planning department and certainly require Building Regulations sign off
Whilst it is possible to attempt a DIY conversion, with expert help for some of the trickier aspects, the large amount of work involved often results in many people choosing to contract a specialist loft conversion company to undertake the task.
Who should I use to do my loft conversion?
There are a few options:
1. Appoint an architect/technician or building surveyor. They will prepare drawings and designs for your proposal, obtain the necessary Approvals and if required they will also help you find a suitable builder and manage the project for you.
2. Appoint a specialist loft conversion company. These companies offer a one-stop shop for loft conversions: their design department will prepare the necessary drawings and obtain the necessary approvals and their construction departments will translate the designs into reality.
3. Use an experienced builder. Some builders have experience of loft conversions and may well be able to offer you a package similar to the loft conversion companies.
Ask neighbours, friends or search online to find a trusted architect, loft conversion company or experienced builder for your project. Don’t forget to get three quotes and make sure they visit the site and quote based on accurate measurements. Knowing how you want to use the space will be essential to getting a few good quotations.
Ask your contractor how they plan to minimise dust and disruption during the conversion and how they will protect your home from the risk of water damage should works affect the existing roof before you sign up
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
An Overall Guide as to how a Loft Conversion proceeds (Dormer Conversion – typical time span 6 to 8 weeks):
Every loft conversion is slightly different, however we have created a timetable of a loft conversion that contains the most common stages and steps that your loft conversion is likely to go through:
Works will commence with the erection of independent scaffolding.
First delivery of materials – ie structural steels, joisting timbers etc.
An opening is made in the roof for access – initial works are completed externally, so minimising internal disturbance (approx 3/4 weeks)
Floor joisting carried out – following which the local authority Building Inspector will visit to approve floor construction.
If a dormer conversion, the dormer will next be constructed, insulation installed, followed by a further inspection by the Building Inspector.
Completion of external works – ie roofing of dormer, lead work, fascias, soffits, guttering.
Internally, erecting studwork walls, forming bedrooms/ensuite/stairwell access. Insulating walls to required standard.
Fitting dormer windows/Velux windows.
Creating access to facilitate installation of new staircase and fitting new stairs.
Installing new cabling for lighting, sockets, Expelair, smoke alarms etc.
First fix plumbing to new ensuite and additional radiator(s).
Plastering all new areas.
Second fix carpentry works – ie skirtings, architraves, doors, handrail, spindles etc.
Second fix works for electrics (upvc fittings installed) and plumbing (sanitary ware, radiators etc).
Clearing down – including guttering inspection.
Final inspection by Building Inspector who issues Completion Certificate (all works having complied with building and fire regulations).
The new loft is now ready for decoration and habitation.
How long have you been in business?
We are a family business based in Ealing. Purple Heart Builders originally started a business way back in 1997
What guarantee does your work come with?
The work comes with a written guarantee that covers a majority of projects that we do for 1 year.
For new Builds, Extension and Loft conversion, 10 years written guarantee.
Full Public Liability Insurance for up to £10,000,000.
What do you love most about your job?
I literally love every aspect about my job. This is something which gives me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction at a personal level. This is something that I look forward to each morning.
There is a mixture of things. I love the work I do, it's just good fun. I work with very intelligent competent people. We make a product that helps make peoples lives easier. And finally I work with fun people who don't take life too seriously
What inspired you to start your own business?
I had been employed for few years till one day I realized that the only thing I was doing was actually building others' dreams.
but I'm a dreamer and a visionary myself and I always knew I was destined for something great.
Why should our clients choose you?
Because I have 10 Reasons why:
1 . Personal Relationship
2. Professional Relationship
3. Project difference
4. Preference difference
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Purple Heart Builder provides the following services:
- Painting & Decoration - Interior
- General Builders
- Brick & Block Paving Services
- Property Extensions
- Loft Conversions
- Driveway Installation
- Roofing Installation or Replacement
- Bathroom Installation & Remodel
- Commercial & Office Cleaning
- General Bricklaying
- Garage Conversions
- General Plumbing
- Kitchen Installation & Remodelling
- Roof Repair
- Kitchen Refurbishment
- Exterior Painting
- Bathroom & Shower Plumbing
- Flat Roofing Installation
- Bathroom Tilers
- Hardwood Floor Installation
- Laminate Floor Installation
- Kitchen Tiling
- Floor Tiling
- Internal Renovation & Reconfiguration
- Brick Wall Construction
- Outdoor Walls & Retaining Wall Construction
- Retaining Wall Construction
- Under Floor Heating Installation
- Porch, Patio & Canopy Installation
- Drywall & Plasterboard Installation
- Foundation Services
- Demolition Services
- Concrete Flooring Installation
- Structural Steel Work
- Site Preparation