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Planning a garage conversion? What do you need to know?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Garage conversion: How much does it cost to convert a garage?

Having a garage conversion is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for people wanting to create more living space.

Converting a garage can be a great way to create extra livingarage conversiong space that can be employed for a variety of uses including providing a play room for the children, a work from home office or even a personal gym.

Let’s be honest, garages, in many cases, can be a waste of valuable space, often used to simply store half tins of paint or other unwanted items that have been discarded.

So with a move to a bigger house being a bit of a challenge (to say the least) due to the current economic climate and the need for extra room rising by the day, having a garage conversion can provide the perfect solution.

However, before you start getting all excited and start thinking about converting a garage into a room of your choice, here are a few things to take into consideration when deciding on a garage conversion.

There are many possibilities for converting a garage into a room, but you will need to ensure that your budget can accommodate your requirements. Making plans for the future can be very exciting but it is easy to get carried away and start planning towards an unattainable goal.

So how much does a garage conversion cost?

Garage conversions are a walk in the park compared to other home remodelling projects but that doesn’t mean that you can slack on your home work. The great thing about having a garage conversion is that there is already a solid structure in place to work with and therefore they often take less time to complete.

That said, there is often still a lot of paperwork, logistics and planning to be done, so it’s best to get started on this as soon as possible in order to avoid a nightmare in the future with your garage conversion project.

It is obviously difficult to give an accurate cost for converting a garage as each garage conversion will be different. However as a guideline, garage conversions cost on average anything between £8000.00 – £10,000.00

Garage Conversion: Room Layout

When you plan the room layout of your garage conversion, you will first of all need to think about what kind of doors you’ll want, how many you will need as well as where they’ll be located. Then there’s the question of windows…where will you want them and how large will you want them to be? And how do you want the exterior to look?

You will also need to take other factors into consideration too such as installing electrical points, radiators and storage.

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Ventilation also plays a very important part when having a garage conversion.

Windows need to have open able vents of an are equal to 1/20th of the floor space and if your garage conversion is only accessible via another room, then the window must have a clear opening of 45×73.3cm due to health and safety regulations.


Garage floors aren’t exactly ideal for a habitable room and are generally at ground level and not at your property’s level, which can contravene fire safety regulations.

One of the options of overcoming this issue is by raising the room’s floor.  Any reputable builders will be able to offer the best approach to take with this issue as well as finding the best way to stop damp from rising from the ground.

Another point to consider when converting a garage into a room is how will you fill it? What furniture do you need and where will the furnishings be placed?

This may seem a little premature, but planning your furniture ahead will help to give you a clearer picture of what your brand new room will look like.

Garage conversion: Choosing the right builder for the job

Okay so you have decided that you want a garage conversion to create extra space, you have planned what you will use the room for and how it will be laid out; the next stage (and the most important part) is to allocate the job to a reputable builder.

How do you choose the best builder?

There will be plenty of choice when it comes to building services and all of the builders will claim to be the best for the job. However, if you want to have your dream garage conversion and not a building disaster, you will need to select your builder very carefully.garage conversion choosing a reputable builder

Some words of advice to take on board: Try not to make your choice solely on price. It might be tempting to opt for the cheapest but remember when a price sounds too good to be true, they usually are! Reputable builders only employ qualified tradesmen who command a good salary due to their qualifications.

Therefore beware of rogue builders who offer cheap prices due to them employing cheap labour or ones that will add sneaky “extras” at the end of the job in the knowledge that you will be forced to pay in order for them to complete your garage conversion.

Therefore to ensure that your garage conversion runs smoothly, make sure that you hire a local building company that has a good reputation. A good builder will be able to show you examples of their good workmanship and will also be able to offer testimonials from other satisfied customers.

Meet up with prospective builders and discuss your plans and ask any questions that you may have…and remember there is no such thing as a stupid question!

Most reputable local builders will even offer free quotes and will be only too happy to show you proof of their good workmanship as reassurance for you.

There are many aspects to having a garage conversion, but hopefully some of the hints and advice offered within this blog will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you would like further advice regarding planning a garage conversion in Cardiff, Bridgend or anywhere else in South Wales, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to provide you with advice or a free, no obligation ,quote.

Yours Truly
Derwood Homes



Having a Garage Conversion Can Create Extra Space And Value To Your Home

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

South Wales Leading Garage Conversion Company Offers FREE Quotes

With cars generally getting bigger and houses getting smaller, chances are that your garage is currently being used to store half tins of paint, gardening equipment, old toys and endless storage items. Garage Conversion Specialists Derwood Homes

Many of us are missing one of the cheapest and effective ways of creating extra living space …namely having a garage conversion.

Whether you want to create a playroom, work office, gym, utility room or any other extra living space, converting your garage into an extra room can be the most cost effective and practical approach to take. However, before rushing out to arrange to have your garage converted, here are a few points to consider;

Do you need planning permission for a garage conversion?

You do not generally need planning permission to convert your garage especially if the work is internal and is not enlarging the building. However, some permitted developments rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions; therefore it is better to check with the local planning authority before proceeding.

Despite planning approval not normally being required, if you are converting a garage into a habitable space you will usually require approval under the building regulations.

How do I find out about current building regulations for having a garage conversion?

As the owner of your property, you will be legally responsible for ensuring that you comply with any planning and building regulations relating to your garage conversion. Therefore it is advisable to contact your local planning authority and building control prior to commencing  any building works.

Alternatively you could contact a local builder or architects who will usually be able to advise you and who will also liaise Cardiff Garage Conversion Specialistwith those departments on your behalf, saving you the time and effort of having to do so.

Make sure that your garage conversion matches the rest of your property

It is important, wherever possible, to ensure that the materials that you use, including windows, doors and floorings, match the rest of your house, especially the adjoining room, so that the garage does not appear an “eyesore” to the rest of the building.

It is worth remembering, that if you plan to convert your garage into an extra storage room, you can even keep the existing garage doors to save cost, and still create a lovely internal extra room.

All in all, having a garage conversion can prove an inexpensive and effective way of creating an extra room, providing more light into your home by adding glazed doors and windows and also will add value to your property… so it is a win, win solution.

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