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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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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 Matthew on 1/3/2020

Great service from James and his team, who worked to meet our needs throughout and make sure we were getting the build we wanted. Really flexible approach and easy to work with. 5*****

Direct building & joinery Ltd was established by Jason Harris in 2019, but previous to that he ran a successful company with his business partner called elect building ltd for a number of years. Direct building & joinery 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 Simon on 5/3/2020

If you’re looking to hire someone stop searching and hire this man! Jason Harris is not only a polite , knowledgeable gentleman , he is an expert in his craft. Very professional, totally reliable and to top it off , amazing value for money. He even did some odd jobs around the house to help me out for free! Everything was left clean & tidy upon completion and I’m delighted with the end product. Hiring builders/ joiners can be a minefield but I throughly recommend Jason and his team. You won’t regret it ,

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 Emily on 21/3/2020

Really nice and friendly, came to do job when they said they would, completed it in one day, which was great for me with young baby, happy with work completed, cleaned up after themselves too! Would ask back for any other work! Thanks guys

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

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Reviewed by Lea on 8/3/2020

What can I say !! Absolutely brilliant job done, Honest Reliable. Came out to give a quote for some air vents was totally honest from the start. Was in no way pushy and never once said you really need to have more done than was necessary. Damp smell gone within 12 hours.Thank-you will definitely use for more jobs .

My company Build ne ltd specialises in garage and loft conversions from design to build.

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Reviewed by Rachel on 3/3/2020

Absolutely over the moon with our garage conversion, Andrew and Gary were brilliant they went above and beyond for us and we are so pleased with their outstanding work. It is so much better than how I imagined it would be. Best decision ever made to convert our garage. The rest of the team were also brilliant. They all cleaned up after themselves, very friendly and trustworthy. Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for garage/loft conversion. Thanks again lads we are very happy. Rachel & Glen

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 Adam on 27/11/2019

It's often hard to find good tradespeople but as soon as Leon came to quote he understood exactly what we wanted for the project and didn't fail to deliver. The pricing was very competitive and the standard of work was high. Leon communicated with us throughout the project and made sure we were happy with the end result. Completed within the timeframe quoted and we're really pleased with our new garage conversion. I would highly recommend LJR Plastering and would use again in the future. Many thanks

Hi I've been in the building trade 27 years, main work is plastering, garage conversions & extensions.

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Reviewed by Julie on 29/2/2020

Mr mccurdy was a friendly person. Explained everything to me. He is a hard working person. What he quoted me is what I payed. I will be hiring him again in the next coming weeks. A job well done

Time served joiner for over 40 years . We have been building extensions, carrying out renovations, timber kit specialists, re- roofing property , fitting kitchens and all other work within the building trade for over 30 years and I can honestly say I love doing this .

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Reviewed by David on 7/11/2019

Just an update on this, please read before using TGP Joinery. I was promised that the work would definitely be completed in August. It is now November and Mr Park has ceased communication. I have escalated this case to Trading Standards and I am now being forced to take this to court. If you are reading this, Please, please don't use TGP! If it so happens that you are reading this Tom, why couldn't you just have done the job you were supposed to do? Regardless of 'illness', you took my money easy enough!

I’m a qualified carpenter with 12 years experience. Also running my own ltd business. I’ve completed projects undergoing 1st fix 2nd fix and finals work. I’m able to take on small jobs to bigger jobs.

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Reviewed by Martin on 10/3/2020

Pretty much all the work Mr Scales has done has had to be re done by trade persons or myself. He is not capable of managing builds and I am in the process of tying to get a full refund. Please PM me for photos of the work he did on my house.

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.

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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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