All you need to know
Posted on 3rd July 2022 at 20:21
Garage Conversions - What you need to know in 2022.
It's no surprise that more people are exploring the options of converting old space into new rooms instead of looking to relocate. With the cost of most things increasing, and bank rates wobbling and house prices soaring, why risk it? People are finding new ways to rejuvenate homes and add value to what they already have - and rightly so.
The garage is the single most underused space within homes (homes that have garages of course). 80% of people use their garage for storage, most cars are too big for garage
Even though converting your garage is more cost effective than extension, less time and less inconvenience to your home, there are still things that need to be considered in the planning process. Mistakes can be very costly and rectifying them is not always easy.
We have put together this guide to give you all the information you need to ensure your garage conversion runs smoothly and transforms to your perfect new space with no hassle.
What is the cost
Costs can vary depending on different factors, but as a ball point for a single attached garage
conversion is £10,000 - £20,000.
Converting your garage is the cheapest way to transform your home. Extensions can vary from £25,000 - £160,000 and with a garage conversion you don't lose any garden space - winner!
What factors affect the cost?
Before you get to work it's worth familiarizing yourself with the factors that may affect the cost of your project. Project costs may vary due to -
The quality of the structure and foundations
The condition of the walls, floors and roof
The ceiling height may need to be raised (you need around 2.2-2.4m of headroom once the floor has been raised to 15cm above the external ground level)
the services of a structural engineer.
Does a conversion add value?
Yes, up to 20% in some cases. Converting to a bedroom with an en suite tends to add the most value.
Do I need planning permission to convert
It is not always required as the work is internal and does not change the size of your home. If you are turning the room into a habitable space, you will normally need approval from your local authority. This can be done through a local building controller.
Building regulations apply to -
Fire safety: escape routes and fireproofing must be put in place.
Ventilation: moisture proofing and good ventilation is essential.
Thermal performance: floor, wall and loft insulation is required.
Acoustics: soundproofing will be necessary.
It is also worth noting that when the conversion is complete, you will need to inform your home insurance providers of the change. Failing to do so could deem your policy invalid.
Could there be any problems with the structure in the future?
As the garage is a part of the original structure, there will be no problems with the structure but there can be damage if a leak occurs and you have raised flooring. The water could get under the floor and
Concrete floors will alleviate this and ensure the floor is not damaged if it does occur.
Will it need insulation?
Converting a garage into a living space is a big job that includes raising the floor, insulating the walls, adding heating, cooling and ventilation, and updating doors and windows. Make sure that you consider all aspects of the project before beginning.
How long does it take to convert a garage?
Projects usually complete within 4 weeks. Some things that could affect the time it takes are -
The structure of the existing garage
If you use multiple tradesmen, having them available at the time you need them can sometimes be challenging.
Best way to get around that is to use one company that can provide all aspects of the job with one project manager and one point of contact.
Now that you are equipped with the knowledge of how to make it happen, are you ready to take the next step and get your brand new room ready for the Summer?
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