Fewer than 1 in 10 car owners in the UK park their vehicle overnight in a garage. 45% of people rarely or NEVER use their garage to park their car, and only 33% use it for its intended use – most people these days see it as a storage place (or dumping ground!!) for garden furniture, tools and other items they don’t want to keep in the house. But these things could actually be stored in a shed and your garage could be converted into a:
So the possibilities are endless! Converting a garage will add square footage to your property and could give you the extra room you’ve always wanted. Most conversions will not require planning permission but it is always good to check with the local authority that you can convert the space, and the conversion of a garage, or part of a garage, into habitable space will generally always require approval under Building Regulations.
It is important to ensure that the garage is watertight and weatherproof; this could mean replacing or re-felting the roof and/or repointing some brickwork. If the garage is quite old, it is possible there could be asbestos in the roof – if so this will need to be removed by an expert, we can put you in touch with a registered company for this specialist task. Think also about how best to let in natural light, perhaps by replacing the garage door with windows, or fitting bi-fold doors along one wall. It will be essential to add the regulation thickness of insulation to the walls and roof, plus in many instances it may be necessary to raise the floor.
Our team of experienced tradesmen can help you to plan out what you want to do, and create a space which will give you more room to use for the things you enjoy. Instead of a garage full of clutter, imagine a light and airy living space that will be the new ‘wing’ of your home.