Where do I start with a garage conversion?

Key works when converting a garage

  • Make sure the walls and roof are sound.
  • Floor slab – the existing floor may need to be levelled, damp-proofed and insulated.
  • Infilling the door – Most garage conversions simply brick up the garage door.
  • Wall insulation.
  • Roof insulation.
  • Windows & doors.
  • Heating and electrics.

What permission do I need to convert my garage?

Planning permission is not usually required, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building. If your intention is to convert a garage into a separate house (regardless of who will occupy it), then planning permission may be required no matter what work is involved.

How much will it cost to convert my garage?

Experts agree that the costs for converting a garage can range from $8,000 to $25,000 or more. Major variables include plumbing and electrical work. Plumbing can quickly become a big expense, depending on what you plan to do in your living space.

Can I do a garage conversion myself?

In short, yes you do! When converting a garage to a living space you are essentially changing the use of that garage to one that will, after the works are completed, be used in eth same manner as any other room in the existing property.

Do I need an architect to convert my garage?

Planning permission for a garage conversion to make it an inhabitable area is generally not requires, as long as all of the work for the conversion project is being done along the interior of the garage.

Do you need permission to convert a garage?

Planning permission is not usually required to convert your garage into additional living space for your home, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building.

Does a garage conversion need planning?

Is a garage conversion worth it?

A garage conversion could add up to 20 per cent to the value of your home, while you’ll gain valuable extra living space that’s less prone to planning complications. So if the cost of the project is less than the extra value added to your property, this works out as a cost-effective way to add more space.

How do I design a garage conversion?

Garage conversion ideas: 21 ways to combine style and function

  1. Use the converted space to rework your whole layout.
  2. Use a narrow ex-garage to create a multi-purpose space.
  3. Create a new kitchen diner from a converted garage.
  4. Replace garage doors with consistent architecture.
  5. Think about flooring levels too.

Do you have to raise the floor in a garage conversion?

In most cases, a garage conversion to a living space will require installing a new floor. This is because most garage floors consist of a single concrete slab which can be cracked, sloped or otherwise damages by years of use and neglect. Additionally, garage floors tend to sit lower than the rest of the house.

How long does it take to do a garage conversion?

A single-car garage conversion can take anywhere from one week to one month depending on the scale and scope of the conversion. If multiple tradespeople from different firms are contracted, make sure they’ll be available when they’re needed during the conversion.

Can you convert your garage into a room without planning permission?