Why have a garage conversion

Converting a garage to a living space can bring huge benefits to a home and can help home owners to make use of space that in most cases is only used as a dumping ground. The conversion of a garage to any kind of living space is treated as a change of use of part of a building. For most garage conversions all that is necessary is the infilling of the existing garage doorway with a suitably well-constructed wall and a window. However any infill of this nature may need to be supported by either foundations or suitable lintels and as such is a structural alteration, which requires building regulation approval. An application for approval under the Building Regulations must be made before work starts. The submission of a Building Notice is an appropriate way to achieve this.

The great thing with garage conversions is they can be used for whatever space you need, whether it’s a living room, dining room or an extension to the kitchen. You could even add an extra bedroom or bathroom.

Garage conversions can be a very cost-effective way to provide the additional space that you require. By converting your garage, you could actually add extra value to your home – the value of your conversion will rise in tandem with the price of your home.

Obviously, in very uncertain financial times, it’s vital to add value to your home wherever possible. Also, if your garage is attached to your house, you can expect to ‘brighten up’ your home, using glazed doors for access and letting more light into the adjoining room.