Home > External Work > Converting Your Garage

Converting Your Garage

By: Rachel Collier - Updated: 11 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Converting Your Garage

Garage conversions are becoming more and more common as we find better use for a space which, more often than not, is a dumping ground for stuff we no longer want. Homes are being built smaller these days, putting a real premium on space for families to grow. Converting a garage is a great option for you if you don’t want to move or extend your property. Read our basic guide to getting started.

First Things First

Before you start work on converting your garage it’s essential that you give your local planning team a call to check your plans won’t need permission. Garages vary in size and future uses vary in scope, but often it’s not a case of obtaining planning permission so much as compliance with Buildings Regulations. Insulation should be your main priority and it’s a good idea to seek professional advice to make sure your conversion passes muster. As with any renovation project, getting advice before you begin will also avoid costly mistakes and wasted time.

Getting Started

Before work begins it’s essential to make sure your garage is fit for purpose as a conversion project. A structural engineer should be able to tell you if the existing structure is safe, and also let you know any limitations that might necessitate a change of design. At this stage you’ll also be able to ask about the changes that will be required to walls and roofing to provide adequate insulation and damp proofing.

Financial Matters

Make sure you do your homework on costs and set your budget accordingly. Gather a few quotes, ideally from tradesmen who have worked on similar projects in your area. If you plan to do the work yourself, take advice from a surveyor and a friendly builder so that you know exactly what you’ll be committing yourself to. A conversion of a single garage is likely to cost up to £40,000, depending on the scope of your project.

Expert Advice

Thinking of your garage conversion as a mini new-build helps to work out where you’ll need assistance. A garage conversion is an ambitious project for an amateur due to the range of skills required to complete the work. Project management is a better way to stay as involved as possible whilst benefitting from the expertise of electricians, roofers, and insulation specialists. If you plan to include a new bathroom you’ll also have drainage and plumbing to conquer, so realistically it’s unlikely you’ll possess all the skills needed to make the project a success.

Looking Good

A garage conversion should look like a natural extension of your house, so to achieve this, match up bricks and other features, like windows. Your neighbours will thank you for conforming to the existing style of your home, as will future owners.Being a pretty flexible space, uses for garage conversions vary from new dining rooms to granny annexes. You might even find that converting your garage adds value to your home, but at the very least it will give your family room to expand.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Matt
    Re: Adding A Porch
    We have a very small open porch. It has a small tiled roof with full length brick walls on either side leading to original front door. It also has…
    5 April 2018
  • Jen
    Re: Getting a Renovation Grant
    Hi - we have recently purchase a property in southport which was constructed in 1836. It is in a serious state of disrepair and will…
    29 March 2018
  • RenovationExpert
    Re: Getting a Renovation Grant
    Beth - Your Question:I am enquirering about possible housing grant for renovation of a very old damp depressing house, this house is…
    23 February 2018
  • Beth
    Re: Getting a Renovation Grant
    I am enquirering about possible housing grant for renovation of a very old damp depressing house, this house is much older than 10…
    22 February 2018
  • PaN
    Re: Can Our Electrician Refuse to Finish The Job?
    @Cliffy60 - send him a warning letter and say you'll take him to the small claims court if he doesn't come…
    4 December 2017
  • Cliffy60
    Re: Can Our Electrician Refuse to Finish The Job?
    Hi - 9 weeks ago I paid an electrician in full for a job. But he hadn’t finished due to not having some…
    4 December 2017
  • Jonny
    Re: Adding A Porch
    Does a porch need an external door Or can it be used as a 3meter room out of the front door ,I still have a side and rear door on my house
    13 November 2017
  • PondPro2000
    Re: Renovating a Pond
    I am usually involved to read about ponds. Your post attracted my lot.I was repairing my pond with Pondpro2000. It’s first-rate to examine your…
    1 November 2017
  • Jac
    Re: Adding A Porch
    Hi, We have bought this house very recently,which hasa 3sqm PVV double glazed porch with tiledroof.As we have 2 young children we want to install a…
    30 September 2017
  • Messy
    Re: Adding A Porch
    @Stephb - tricky one. As the gas board to see if there is a solution.
    8 September 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the RenovationExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.