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Everything You Need To Know About Garage Conversions

Posted by on May 24, 2015


So something happened to make you realize that you need more space!

It happens to us all at some point, a new baby, the chance to work from home, an older child returning to the nest, or maybe you need a granny flat for an elderly relative. There are several ways to squeeze that much needed space out of the house that you already own, and one of the easiest ways is to convert your garage.

A garage conversion can add great value to your home as well as additional living space to your home. A well thought out garage conversion can add as much as ten percent value to the worth of your property, and is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your home’s resale value. An added advantage is the increased living space without incurring the expenses and problems of moving house.

Different Types of Garage Conversions

Full conversion of an integral single garage: Being either integral or part integral in several house designs, single integral garage conversions are very common with home owners, as they are very cost effective to convert with minimal disturbances to the day-to-day life of the home. Basically, no planning is required.

Part conversion of an integral single garage: As with full garage conversions, this type of garage conversions is relatively inexpensive to adapt with minimal disruptions to the day-to-day routine of the home. More often than not, the main objective of this garage conversion is to create more living space.

Double integral garage conversions: This type of garage conversion is usually a variation of a single integral garage conversion in-respect of red tape and cost. However, there’s generally more work involved and there is greater scope with the design and use of the current space.

Detached single garage: This type of conversion is usually a variation of single-integral-garage-conversion, however, there is generally more work involved in respect of insulating etc. what’s more, other issues, such as planning maybe relevant to this type of conversion.

If your current garage is only a single story detached or attached building, you can also consider removing the roof, adding an extra storey and putting the roof back on again. Most building businesses are capable of such a project, and you may even find that your local handyman can handle the job too. Many handymen are ex builders that have scaled down their operation so that they can work on their own without the hassle of employees, and are more than capable of tackling your project. You just need to make a few calls and ask some questions.

Advantages of Garage Conversions

Added Value- Moving house costs money that can’t be recovered. But converting a garage into a working or living space adds more value to your property than it costs in most cases.

Design control- Garage conversion means every step of the design process is under your control, subject to legal and technical restrictions.garage conversion

Local amenities- Moving youngsters from schools and families from sports, commute routes, places of worship, and leisure facilities is difficult and sometimes expensive. Staying at your current house while acquiring additional space is a better solution preferred by many.

Contract control- When you decide to convert your garage into a habitable space, whoever you give the contract is your decision to make. One out of ten house sales falls through because one party changes their mind. If you decide to convert your garage, you are the sole decision maker.

Council tax- Moving from a three to a four bedroom house could put you up a council tax band. Garage conversions leave council tax bands unaffected.

So hopefully you can see that a garage conversion is a viable alternative to moving house, providing you with the space that you need for possibly less money than you would need to move house, especially when you consider the loan fees, the cost of moving and the disruption involved, and if you are like most people, your garage is 90% full of unused “stuff”, so much so that there is no room for the car anyway.

So give it some consideration, call a local contractor, maybe a building company, or if you want to keep costs down, you can be your own site manager, get quotes from the various trades required, such as a local roofing business, plasterers, painters, maybe a general handyman, and landscaping businesses, and organize the whole project from start to finish. Best of luck!

Check out the video below to see just how effective a garage conversion can be.


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