If you’re short of space at home, but you don’t want to move, a good solution would be to make more room with a garage conversion. It’s especially useful if you don’t use the garage and its jam packed with stuff you hardly use.
It’s the perfect way to create a new kitchen or bathroom. Or you can turn it into a guest bedroom, a new lounge, a playroom or a teenager’s den.
Type of Garage
Affordable garage conversions are those that don’t need any structural changes. If you can use the original foundations and the walls it will save you a lot of money. Garage conversions give you the extra room you need and can add value to your home. It won’t affect you’re council tax band either.
If you’re garage is attached to your house and it doesn’t need to be made any bigger, then the likelihood is that planning permission won’t be needed. If you live in a listed building though, or in a conservation area then permission will be required. To be on the safe side it’s always best to check with your local planning office before you start any work.
All work will need a buildings regulations approval. This is to make sure that you have the correct amount of insulation, waterproofing, ventilation fireproofing and escape routes. The garage will also be tested for structural soundness.
You should expect a basic garage conversion to cost between £6,000 and £9,000. Costs will rise if you are putting in a new kitchen or bathroom. This is because you’ll need a plumber and you have to add on the price of a new bathroom suite or kitchen units.
Finally, what do you do with the contents of your garage? If you don’t have time to do a thorough clear-out before the work starts you can hire a self-storage unit at Store-Safe. Then you will have the time to go through all your stuff and organise it into things that need getting rid of and things you want to keep.
After that you can decide whether to move the possessions you want back home, or to keep up the rental on the self-storage and use that space to store the things you don’t want to get rid of, but you don’t want cluttering up your home.