- Garage Conversions-
A garage conversion can add value to your property as well as additional living space to your home. We take a look at what to consider when converting your garage.
A well thought-out garage conversion can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home and is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your property resale value. An additional benefit is increased living space without incurring costs and the inconveniences of moving house. Below, you’ll find the information needed to plan and carry out your garage conversion.
Design and Space Planning
The internal space of cost garages is longer and thinner than most people prefer in their rooms. To achieve a more natural shape for the conversion, consider using stud or block walling to convert the garage into two rooms. The additional room is often used as a toilet or a shower. A storeroom suits others better. Consider the use you plan to put the rooms to and either make some drawings yourself or get the surveyor to create a 2D drawing with you.
Planning permission is unnecessary if you don’t plan to alter the structure of the building, so a garage conversion is permitted in most circumstances. If you live in a Listed building or a Conservation area, planning permission may be required for even minor modifications. Homes in newly built estates sometimes require planning permission.
Standalone garages are more likely to require ‘change of use’ planning permission when converted to habitable rooms. Check with your local planning department by phone. If the answer is favourable, write the next day and ask for written confirmation.