If you have an unused garage, a conversion could be the perfect way of gaining some much-needed extra space. Whether you want to use it as a study, a living area or another bedroom, there are plenty of ways a garage can be utilised. Before you start knocking down the door, there are a number of areas you should consider.
Is It the Right Choice for Your Home?
Converting your garage into living space is one of the quickest and easiest ways of increasing the size of your home. The project doesn’t involve a huge amount of disruption, and if it’s fairly straightforward it could be finished in a matter of weeks. It might be a simple process, but you also need to ensure that you’re making the right decision. Even if you’re planning on staying in the property for a number of years, you should still get advice from an estate agent. Talk to them about what buyers are looking for in similar properties, and ensure that converting the garage won’t have a detrimental affect on its value.
What Will You Use the Room For?
Garage conversions are especially beneficial if the space is currently used for storage. However, you do need to think carefully about what you’ll use the extra space for, as this could have consequences for the design and layout. Speak to a builder to ensure you make the best possible use of the space. You need to take into account the positioning of the door that leads into the main hall, as the existing staircase might be a deciding factor in where this is placed. This could also have an impact on the layout of the room and the positioning of furniture. You need to ensure that the new space is useable but that it doesn’t have a negative affect on the current flow of the property.
Building and Planning Considerations
The majority of garage conversions won’t require formal planning permission, but there are some instances where you will need approval first. This is generally the case for listed properties or where the size of the house will be increased. If you’re in any doubt, it’s best to check with your local planning office before any work commences.
There are also a number of building factors that you will need to take into account, as these could increase the cost or length of the project. Most conversions will require new foundations in order to accommodate a front wall. The flooring will need to be correctly insulated and protected from any damp issues. It will probably need to be higher to match the level in the rest of the downstairs rooms. Any work you have done must comply with building regulations with regards to ventilation and insulation.
Before you go too far with your conversion, you should speak to A&J Building. We have experience of similar projects and we are able to offer you advice and guidance on the next steps. call us today on 01506 437 771 to see how we can help.