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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 Stephen on 12/10/2019

Excellent service. Did what was asked and required in professional and helpful manner. Would use them again!

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 Jon on 27/9/2019

Would highly recommend elect building services, quality of work was excellent. Jason Harris owner of elect building services is Very easy to get on with and totally professional at what he does. I wouldn't use anyone else for any building work on my property. Full five stars.

TC Joinery cover all aspects of trades from roofing to carpet fitting.

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Reviewed by Chris on 4/11/2019

Did a good job and was fair prices, I would definitely use again.

we offer any type of conversion to any spare space in your home loft,garage or cellar at anglo welsh we dont have over heads so this will be reflected in the price. all work is carried out by professional tradesman with vast experience and credentials.we undertake commercial and domestic I.e from office fit out,shop fitting etc to house building extensions,loft conversions garage conversions and all associated trades covered plastering carpentry brick laying tiling roofing electrical plumbing (gas safe contractor employed) partition and suspended ceiling systems sound proofing and more all personally project managed and ran by myself.....our two primary motto's are...... the proof is in the pudding...... and buy cheap,,,buy twice.....we are 5 star rated for a reason,we wont compromise quality for no factors....

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Reviewed by Mark on 28/10/2019

Lee took on an unfinished job started by a dodgey builder. Lee knows what he's doing and was clear about the order of play. Carpentry is second to none and after a bit of snagging we now have a very good looking bedroom with an en suite where there used to be a garage. Lee has kept in touch afterwards and made sure we are fully happy, which is exactly what a customer wants from their tradesmen. I would definately use Lee again.

GARAGE CONVERSION SPECIALISTS. A family run company established 10 years. Fully insured, all employees and sub contractors cscs trained/qualified. All works completed to a high standard at competitive prices

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Reviewed by kirstie on 28/10/2019

Extremely pleased with the work on my garage conversion. James and his crew were AWESOME. Highly recommended x

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 12/10/2019

Garage conversion. Happy with the result

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Reviewed by Wayne on 3/11/2019

Easy, speedy and communicative.

I've been in business for nearly 15 years. Starting off as a plasterer, I enhanced my skills and now work as a property developer. All the team are experienced/qualified and insured. Tickets are supplied where required e.g. gas, electrics etc.

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Reviewed by Bijel on 6/10/2019

Leon and his team did and excellent job on converting my garage onto a room and adding a downstairs w/c, plastered upstair room & fitted my kitchen.. He qoutes very quickly and his work was exceptional and completed with great care. Leon went through the process of work being done clearly and always was informative of job and always worked in a tidy manner never leaving a mess. He was such a friendly,honest and helpful person who I would recommend him to anyone. Brilliant job done

Expert and punctual Joinery and Building service with a keen eye for the finer details. With over 30 years combined experience in the construction industry. We set customer satisfaction as our primary target. All joinery and building works undertaken no jobs to small with all trades supplied.

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Reviewed by Andy on 1/10/2019

Great job and have recommended them to friends.

A complete solution from design to build We are a well-established family run business originating from the heart of Essex, however we cover all areas of inner and outer London. EMC have an extensive portfolio of completed builds from; loft conversions, extension, renovations and out houses. We pride ourselves on our extensive portfolio of work and happy clientele. We have many of excellent testimonials on our website, which show-case some of our more recent projects. Over the decades we have gained extensive knowledge and expertise within the building industry which we utilise with our comprehensive design and build services. These include all general residential building works, renovations, conversions project management. We have partnerships with architects, structural engineers and have worked closely with most building control teams. Here at EMC we unfailingly deliver the finest workmanship at affordable prices.

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Reviewed by Mash on 14/11/2019

Do not hire this guy! I had a nightmare getting the project done. Forces you to give him money every week - irrespective of amount of work done. He did not care about the contract or the milestones for payments. And if you refuse to pay beyond the contract milestone, he would threaten to pull the team off the job or would call and shout and rant! Very shoddy job. Completes just enough and in a hurry using poor quality materials to take the next payment. Canceled contract when questioned about quality.

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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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