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If you’re looking to make some extra space, a garage conversion could be just what you need. By taking advantage of the room in your garage, you can effectively net yourself an extension - without the hassle of actually extending your home.

Garage conversions are a very non-disruptive way to add space to your property. They are very low maintenance (at least until it’s time to make structural changes). Luckily, getting the garage conversion that you deserve is pretty simple too. At Bark, we have a whole range of garage conversion specialists that can help you turn your garage into the room of your dreams.

What should I look for when hiring a Garage Conversion expert?

So how do you go about picking the right person for the job? Comparing professionals is simple and getting quotes takes two minutes on Bark.com You can start the hiring process by narrowing down your choices to a few favourites. When picking your Garage Conversion Specialist, it’s best to have a look at reviews from previous customers and to ask some questions like:

  • What’s the best kind of conversion for my garage?
  • Can you show examples of previous work?
  • How long will the job take?
  • Do you provide a guarantee?
These are good places to begin when looking for the right professional.

What type of Garage Conversion is best for me?

When getting your garage converted, there are four main types of conversion available. After your specialist has visited your property, they will discuss with you what is the best option for your needs.

  • Full Integral Conversion - An integral garage conversion is one that changes a garage directly attached to your home. These garages are connected via a door and usually link to the kitchen. This common type of conversion is very cheap and can add up to 150 sq ft.² to your property. Many people choose to convert the garages into playrooms, home offices or utilities.

  • Double Integral Conversions - A double integral garage conversion is much similar to your regular conversion, except that it has twice the amount of space. The difference with this type of conversion is that you may choose to convert only one part of the garage. For example, you could leave part of the garage unconverted in order to keep your parking space. If you convert the entire garage, you can expect to have 300 extra sq ft.² to play with.

  • Partial Integral Conversions - Partial integral garage conversions are good for those with a lower budget. Because they are low-cost and cause minimal disruption, they have become very popular in recent years. Many homeowners will opt to keep the garage door in the same place as it was originally placed. The end of the garage can be made into a living space, usually split with a partition.

  • Detached Garage Conversions Detached garage conversions can demand additional work. There is also a possibility that planning permission will be needed too. However, if your detached garage is close enough to your home a direct link may be made for easier access. This will depend on the type of room you are converting your garage to.

Do I need a Garage Conversion?

If this is the first time you’re hearing of a garage conversion, you’re not alone. A growing trend with many homeowners, garage conversions are a less committal way to add value to your home, without having to get back on the market.

As mentioned earlier, getting your garage converted can up the value of your home – in fact, it can add up to 10% to the original price of your home, so it’s definitely something to consider if you’re thinking about selling your property in the future. As you can imagine, having an additional room will give you much more living space.

Depending on your own requirements, you can convert your garage into whatever type of room you wish. Converting your garage is also inexpensive, especially when compared to building typical extensions (such as conservatories). Not only will your garage conversion not need planning permission, but you can also partially convert your garage if you still want to keep some garage space.

How much does a Garage Conversion cost?

The fact that a garage conversion is so affordable makes it an attractive prospect for homeowners. This is in part to do with the fact that you don’t need to create any foundations or construct any walls to convert your garage. In addition, many garages have an electric supply, lowering building costs even more.
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Potters Interiors Ltd

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At Potters we are a small independent Specialist Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom & Kitchen retailer based in Gravesend with a Showroom. We offer a very comprehensive design & installation service too. We can either supply & install or just supply only. We can Project manage all works required from the most basic up to the most Luxurious & detailed job. We also carry out full property interior refurbishment works & conversions including garage conversions. Melvyn the Project Director has over 30 years experience in the Construction field having initially trained as a Carpenter & Joiner. Please take a look at our website www.pottersinteriors.co.uk

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What do you love most about your job?

Turning an idea or a dream into Reality! We love to take the clients initial idea or dream then come up with drawings/plans then follow it through to completion and see their happy faces.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Both my late Father & my older Brothers were Carpenters & Joiners that went out to start their own business so I was brought up working with them at weekends when I was young and was brought up with the attitude if you want something you need to work for it! Hence why after finishing my full apprenticeship I felt being held back & wanted to go out & achieve more in life.

Why should our clients choose you?

At Potters we have a real passion of creating an end product that our clients Dreamed for or is above their expectations. 2nd best is not good enough for us so attention to detail is all our teams priority as well as being polite to our clients & keeping the site tidy & safe as much as possible at all times!

How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?

Generally Most brick Built garages are suitable for conversion particularly if attached to the main house as easier for supplies etc to be run in. Some very old pre-fabricated garages are generally not worth spending the money on as most have Asbestos roofs and roof height is low so can cause problems when insulating the floor. In some cases we have recommended to knock it down & build a New timber structure as more cost effective but once we look at each job we will give our Honest opinion what we think is viable and cost effective.

Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?

Once we take a look for you and understand what your looking to convert the Garage into we can advise.
Most garage conversions will not need planning permission just Building regulations but this depends on many things. If you have a New build property quite often there is a covenant on the Deeds stating you are not allowed to convert the garage or change the appearance of the house for 10 years! always check this first on your Deeds & with the developer. Sometimes they will allow it as long as you keep the main garage door in place & block up from behind. If Planning is required it can take upto 2 months. If you wish to convert it to a bedroom with a bathroom then you may need planning and also if in a conservation area by changing the look of the front of house. If no planning is required then Only Building regulations we deal with the complete process in-house as we have an independent accredited Building Inspector we use on a regular basis and we have set construction procedures and details pre-agreed with how we carry out all types of garage conversions to it will comply to the latest regulations. We arrange this with them on your behalf and they will visit in the early days of commencement and then on final completion, we will also take photographic evidence of the the construction methods used to send to them & keep on file. All the electrical works will be certified by our highly experienced contractor and a copy of the certificate will be sent to the building inspector before they will release a completion certificate.
If full planning is required then we can arrange that for you too.
We have a great Team of different trades working for us and they all work to the highest standards, I myself project manage all jobs daily. We use the best quality products on the market to achieve in particular the best insulation values especially where garages are concerned, Unfortunately some companies use cheaper methods to just achieve the minimum standard but we are always above minimum requirements.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

We can discuss projects over the phone or online & sometimes estimate costs but obliviously cannot carry out the work.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We are extra careful now on projects, All our trades have face masks to wear if they may be in close contacts with others on site or clients. They all have anti-bacterial Gel on board plus anti-bac wipes.
We will also supply our clients with a Gel pump plus wipes if they wish to use during or after we leave the job to wipe door handles down etc or touch points.
Ideally we prefer customers not to make us drinks so we are not using anyone's cups on site even though we would like too. All our men will eat their Lunch in their own vans & travel alone to the jobs.

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You don’t usually need planning permission to convert your garage into a room, as long as the work doesn’t involve extending your home. This is because garage conversions are usually allowed under permitted development rights. However, in some areas permitted development rights may be removed which could mean that you’ll need planning permission. You’ll need to check with your local council that garage conversions fall under permitted development rights in your area.

Providing that your property has sufficient off-road parking, a garage conversion will add value to your home by providing valuable extra living space. If the cost of your garage conversion is less than the extra value that it will add to your property, a garage conversion could be a cost-effective way to create additional living space in your home.

On average, it will take around 3-4 weeks to complete your garage conversion. This timescale depends on the specification of your garage conversion including whether you require plumbing, the number and type of windows and doors that are being added, and whether walls need to be knocked through.

The average price of a Garage Conversion Specialist is £4,000

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