5 Top Tips for Converting Your Garage
Too many people are content to leave their garage largely untouched, only using it to store random odds and ends or general clutter. Converting your garage is a fantastic way of making use of all that extra space, giving you almost limitless opportunities to really make that space your own.
A garage conversion is a big job, and requires full planning and attention to detail from the start. That’s why, in this article, we’re looking at five top tips to help make sure that your garage conversion is a complete success.
Think about the purpose of the conversion
Possibly the most exciting part of any garage conversion is planning just how you’d like to utilise the space. If you’re curious about a garage conversion but not sure exactly what you would like to do, have a think about what your property needs. You can turn your garage into just about anything, from a child’s playroom to a fully equipped office, a bedroom, entertainment den, home gym and more.
A garage conversion is best used when it provides your home with a new functionality which couldn’t be achieved otherwise. So before you seek out the right company for the job, make sure you know exactly what you want from a conversion so you can hit the ground running.
Consider planning permission
Generally, a standard garage conversion won’t require planning permission unless you’re enlarging the garage building itself. However, it’s worth checking with your local council, just in case.
If you live in a conservation area or your property is a listed building, then you may need to seek listed building consent.
Your chosen conversion company will help you gain any relevant planning permission where necessary, so this shouldn’t be much of an issue when it comes to the conversion process.
Seek building regulation approval
Your garage conversion will need to be signed off to meet building regulations. This can be done through your local council and will likely require an inspection. Proper insulation will be required, as will ventilation, access points, electrics and fire safety measures.
Your conversion company will be with you every step of the way to make sure your conversion meets these requirements, so it’s always best to ask your designer for any advice if you’re worried about your plans being up to standards.
To make the process as simple and hassle-free as possible – and to avoid any potential trouble – you will want to notify the council about your plans early on, and keep them up to date throughout. Building regulation approval is important for insurance purposes, for instance, or if you come to sell your property later on.
Plan your windows and doors
Two important considerations for any garage conversion are the windows and doors, not just for building regulation purposes, but also for aesthetic appeal and security.
A garage conversion needs proper ventilation, as well as a means of escape in the event of a fire. Your chosen windows and doors will dictate both of these, so it’s important to choose the most suitable ones for your garage. Some people will replace the old garage door entirely with windows, or simply use a different style of garage door to fit with the theme and function of the conversion.
If your garage is connected to the home, you have the chance to either replace the current door in the garage or change its position entirely. Planning for the decor and design of the garage is important and a conversion gives you an opportunity to create the ideal placement for your entry way. The same can be said with windows; if you want more light in the converted space, you will probably want to add more windows in different places. New openings in the garage walls will likely need reinforcement, and the windows and doors themselves will have to meet building regulations, but that still leaves you with a lot of choice.
Choose a conversion company
As we said at the start, a garage conversion is a big job. The amount of planning, time, and dedication required means that taking on the job alone is a difficult prospect. The best way to attain your dream garage conversion is to seek out the services of an experienced and professional conversion company.
Hiring a conversion company is beneficial throughout the entire conversion process. They will help you to plan and design the conversion, taking into account your needs, requirements and desires, while offering expert advice to take full advantage of the space. Plumbing and electrics will be taken care of, and the team in charge of your conversion will make sure that every aspect from insulation, damp proofing, flooring, doors, windows and more are fully compliant with all building regulations.
The work can also be completed quicker than you might be expecting. If you were handling aspects of the build yourself, you’re much more likely to be limited by time and this could stretch the conversion out over a number of months. With a conversion company, you could be looking at a completed conversion in seven weeks.
NK Lofts specialise in garage conversions throughout Nottingham, Peterborough, Coventry and the surrounding areas. Our fully qualified team will handle every aspect of your conversion to create a warm and inviting space which fully utilises the extra room in your garage. To arrange a free site survey and quotation, or for more information about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.