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Rather than have your garage become a dumping ground for general storage, consider transforming it into extra accommodation. With a garage conversion you can benefit from more living space, giving your home a new lease of life.

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We are a local company with over 20 years experience in the construction industry . Honesty and reliability are a big part of our make up along side quality workmanship and products we know we have everything you need to get the job done right & on budget

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Reviewed by Paul on 17/7/2019

We were really pleased with andy and team. The process from start to finish was excellent, all work was done on time and of a high standard. Andy always turns up as promised, and the team provide their own welfare services ensuring minimal disruption. They kept work area tidy each day. Highly recommended. Thanks for a great job again Andy.

We are a family run company who over the past thirty years have been working hard to professionally meet the needs and expectations of our clients throughout that time.  Offering a wide variety of services such as Windows & Doors, Conservatories & Orangeries, Garage Conversions, Warm Roof Conservatories, Conservatory Roof Insulation and much more.  With the knowledge and expertise we have gained throughout the years, our reliable trustworthy work force can turn your dream projects in to a reality. Our pledge to you is to provide an exceptional service to our clients through professionalism and quality workmanship. Our key words are: PRIDE AND QUALITY.

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Reviewed by David on 7/3/2019

It has been an absolute pleasure working with NB Installations. They have worked closely with us from the very beginning of the project to make sure that they provided exactly what we were after and nothing was too much trouble. The personal approach, coupled with the professional service and quality of the end product has meant that the whole experience has been outstanding from start to finish. I cannot rate them high enough.

I have been in rhe building trade for over 45 years as carpenter/joiner, foreman carpenter and site manager until i branch out in building extensions/ loft and garage conversions, refurbs ect. Since 1986.

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Reviewed by Darren on 13/4/2019

Rob delivered exactly what he promised. From his proposal to the quality of his work. No quibbles throughout, easy to work with and a good craftsman. I’d definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to complete a garage conversion.

MHP Building&joinery is a North west based company with over 20 years experiance in the building industry,we provide a professional and reliable service and undertake any building /commercial/ home refurbishment projects with Quality coming as standard

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Reviewed by Norma on 8/2/2019

We are delighted with the work we've had done. Jamie organised everything so it went smoothly with minimum disruption.He kept me informed of what would happen each day and couldn't have been more helpful. All tradesmen arrived on time , were friendly and polite and the standard of work was excellent. I would not hesitate to use them again and would recommend the company.

Elect Building Ltd was established by Jason Harris in 2015 and specialises in all aspects of property development and is city and guilds trained in level 3 joinery With extensive experience in the building industry, We pride ourselves on our friendly and reliable approach to all projects undertaken, ensuring the work is carried out efficiently and professionally. The company's in-depth experience spans all aspects of property development and home improvement, ranging from small projects like new kitchens through to large scale extensions and conversions.

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Reviewed by Claire on 26/6/2019

Excellent turnaround time, High standard of work and very tidy. Would recommend.

all types of house improvements. fair prices. rated person

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Reviewed by Allan on 29/7/2019

Scott replaced our hall bannister and it excelled our expectations, finished to the highest of standards! cant recommend him enough!

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Reviewed by tim on 29/7/2019

Paul did the job to time, to budget and to a good quality. Real value for money!

Operated by myself and 2 family members for more than 40 years, customer satisfaction is important ,which is reflected in the satisfied customers we have provided our services to ,achieving five 5* ratings. We can assist with design /structural calcs.

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Reviewed by Les on 15/5/2019

Aries Construction have done a very good job of our garage conversion for the price they stated at the beginning. Also we ask them to do a couple of other small jobs whilst they were here. Which they completed. Very happy with all the work they have done and would recommend them to others. Thanks to Rob Scott and John. From Jo and Les

We are a family run business employing qualified professionals, carrying out all aspects of building work from small repairs to full house builds. Working closely with the client to provide completed projects to the clients requirements and satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Rob on 5/6/2019

Rated people asked me to redo the rating for some reason so it’s put it twice, and couldn’t really remember what I said in the first one but hey ho either way he’s my builder of choice from now on

RGB Construction cover all aspects of carpentry & building from small works to building large extensions we work with you to make your project as stress free as possible always completing our work to the highest standard and to your satisfaction

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Reviewed by Carl on 6/8/2018

Prompt reply to all messages from the start to completion of garage conversion. Rob and all of his team were great to have working in the house. Prices quoted were adhered to, From our experience we have no problem in recommending them.

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Garage Conversion specialists - what you need to know

The benefits of converting your garage

If your car rarely sees the inside of your garage, a conversion could add considerable value to your property by giving you an extra habitable room. Most people use their garage to store bikes, clutter, and old furniture (out of sight, out of mind) so it gives you a good reason for a purge, as well as all the possibilities of a new room in the house.

The only thing you should consider though, is how much parking is available in your street. If it’s restrictive, and you remove off-street parking, then you could potentially make your house less desirable.

A conversion is a major project, but if your garage is structurally part of your house, the extra space could make a huge improvement to how you live. It also means you won’t be outgrowing the house any time soon. Your new room could be any one of these:

  • An extra living room.
  • A dining room.
  • An extended kitchen/diner.
  • A ground floor bedroom for elderly family, or someone with mobility problems.
  • A playroom.
  • A home office.
  • A cinema room.
  • A utility room.

What does converting your garage involve?

A specialist garage conversion company will be able to draw up the designs for you, and then complete all the structural work. Alternatively you could hire an architect to do the design, and to draw up the structural plans for builders of your choosing.

If you’ve got a long, single garage, it won’t usually work as a standalone living room or bedroom as there won’t be enough space. You’re better off integrating it into an existing living room or kitchen. Alternatively you could use it as a utility room or small home office.

A double garage is much easier to use as its own room.

Designing the space

In terms of design, the main thing you should think about, is how you access that new room. Ideally you’ll get to it from the main hallway in the house. If you have to access the new space through another room, you’re creating an unwanted thoroughfare in the old room.

An experienced garage specialist will make the conversion look like it’s always been part of the main house. The windows will match the rest of the house, and will be in similar proportions. Any brickwork or exterior materials will need to match exactly, or if not, be a very complementary contrast. Lastly, if it’s got a flat roof then you should think about giving it a pitched roof, to help it blend in.

Garage floors are usually lower than the rest of the house, so to avoid a step down into the room, your specialist should put a floor in that brings it up to the correct height – assuming the ceiling is high enough.

You should also think about where the best place for the door would be, rather than fitting the room around where it currently is. It’s important so that you get the best use of your new space.

Building regulations for garage conversions

Converting your garage into a habitable room is known as a ‘change of use’, which means you’ll need building regulations approval from your local authority. The council will have their own building control service, or you can use an independent inspector.

The garage conversion will need all of the following:

  • It needs to be structurally sound.
  • It needs to have a damp-proof course.
  • The walls, floor, and roof will need to be upgraded for energy efficiency.
  • Heating and plumbing will need to be installed.
  • All new and existing electrics will need to be tested.

Costs for converting your garage

The building work will cost around £1000-£1400 per square metre, depending on location, finish, and how much work needs to be done to the structure.

Design fees will be around £1400-£3000, plus £300-£400 for a structural engineer.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

As your garage conversion will need heating and electricity, your specialist will almost definitely be using a team of tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so you should make a point of checking these – all good tradespeople will be happy to show you.

 

Planning permission for garage conversion jobs

Planning permission isn’t usually required, as long as the work is internal and doesn’t involve enlarging or extending the building. It’s what’s known as permitted development.

In some instances, permitted development rights can be removed, so you should always check with your local planning authority before starting any work. For example, if you live in a conservation area, there might be rules in place to protect the surroundings. If you live on a new build estate, there might be rules about changing the aesthetic of your home in case it jars with the overall design and look of the estate.

You’ll definitely need planning permission if:

  • You live in a listed building.
  • You want to extend the building.
  • You’re using the space for business.
  • Your council has restrictions on reducing parking.

 

Insurance for garage conversion work

Public liability insurance

Your garage conversion specialist definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you, and them, if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your specialist offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what company you’re using and what insurance they have.

Questions you should ask your garage conversion specialist

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

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