Garage Conversions and Extensions
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Bedroom (with or without en-suite facilities).
Playroom / nursery.
Home office / study.
Second living room.
Home cinema / Gym
90% of garage conversions do not need planning consent as you are not changing the footprint of the building. A very small number of houses, usually new developments with little or no parking have to keep the garage area as a parking space. In these circumstances planning consent would be required and an alternative space would have to be created. This could mean extending the original driveway or converting part of the garden to a parking space. As part of the service we can complete a customer development questionnaire in order to get the information in writing from the local planning department. If planning is required we can undertake the process in house making it as easy as possible for our customers. Click on the image to visit the Planning Portal website for futher information.
All garage conversions require building regulations. The fact we are creating a habitable room means it has to conform to the latest regulations.
Briefly speaking insulation is added to floors, walls, ceilings and in most cases constructing cavity walls. Ventilation is also a major factor especially if you have an existing flat roof. Doorways are usually formed off hallways etc; lintels have to be checked to ensure they are structurally sound and in some cases new openings need structural calculations. In most circumstances the conversion could be used to increase the occupancy of the property i.e. bedroom, if this is the case the existing (if present) smoke alarms need to be upgraded or installed with linked smoke & heat detector systems. Electrical work has to carry Part P certification and gas work Gas safe registered. We frequently build ensuites in our conversions so drainage etc. has to conform.
All this information has to be factored into the work which is where our wealth of experience will ensure we guide you through the process as smoothly as possible. You will not meet a salesman from our company you will meet one of the Directors who has worked on the tools for a number of years so information will be factual not flaky sales patter! All building regulation forms, drawings and OS maps are dealt with.
Unless your property is built on a raft foundation part of the concrete garage floor needs to be excavated where the original garage door sits. A foundation has to be excavated down to the bottom of the existing house foundation; which have on occasions been over 2m deep! New brickwork is toothed into the existing so the join is seamless.
We can install radiators from your existing central heating subject to existing boiler capacity. We can also offer our unique easyheat radiator system which is part L compliant. This system is a cost effective electric / water heater which looks exactly like a standard radiator.
Floor and Decoration
As part of the project we can install many options of flooring; wood, laminate, tiles or cushion floor. We can supply samples on request. Decoration can be left for the customer if required; alternatively we can undertake this so all you need to do is install the furniture.
We offer a full range of electrical work including consumer board changes; our quotation will arm you with a list of our products and a price for each so you have full control over the costings. We find that as the build is taking place customers often change their mind i.e. adding lights sockets, TV points etc. With the cost breakdown information there are no hidden surprises at the end of the project.