How to convert your garage to a living space

Converting your garage can be a great way of adding value to your property as well as an additional living space for your home. So, let us guide you on what to consider while converting your garage:

Space and Design Plan – The internal space of the garages is usually narrow and long than most people prefer. Consider block walling for converting the garage into two rooms to achieve a neutral shape. The additional room can be used as a toilet or a storeroom. Make some drawings on your won or just get them made.

Permission Planning – Permission planning is of no use if don’t plan to change the structure of your building. Standalone garages are more likely to need planning permission while being renewed to typical rooms. Check with your local planning department and ask for a written confirmation.

RegulationsConversion of a garage to a usual room will require compliance with the building regulations. These regulations apply to insulation, ventilation, moisture and fire proofing, and structural reliability. The building inspector will visually examine the doors, windows, fire proofing and foundations before giving the certificate of completion.

Damp Proofing and Insulation – Damp proofing is necessary in the walls and floor. Damp proofing membrane needs to be laid to prevent the moisture from mounting up the wall and decaying the brick work. Insulation is measured in terms of a U value to meet the set standards. Windows should be 0.18 W/m²K. The floor is required to be 0.25W/m²K.T. Window manufacturers will provide you with the u value as a part of the specification.

Wiring and Plumbing – Always make a thorough survey of the wiring and plumbing required in the garage. Any wall that you plan to pierce for windows and doors would require special attention. Also, locate the main outflows of water while laying the plumbing requirements.

Flooring –Do a thorough survey on the existing garage floor and check it requires added insulation, damp proofing and fire proofing to comply with the building regulations.

Walls – Check if the external walls are complying with the building regulations and are meeting the requirements in terms of insulation and damp proofing. If not, consider a second block wall.

COC – Any project that needs a building notice will require a certificate of completion as a proof that the work has been completed. Obtaining a completion certificate makes a significant difference in enhancing the value of your property. Once the builder is satisfied, the completion certificate will follow within 28 days or sooner.

Advantages of garage conversion –

– Enhanced value of the property
– Design control
– Added amenities
– Additional living space

Disadvantages of garage conversion –

– Disruptions
– Planning uncertainty
– Additional and unpredictable costs

Contact us today for more information!