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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 Fit quality installs including Garage Conversions , Summer Houses , Garden Rooms also Double glazing and conservatories in Surrey and Sussex, this includes bi folds roof lanterns GRP roofs and orangeries. We are committed to producing projects of outstanding quality and service. We go that much further than other companies, so much so that we get a 5 star rating from all our customers on completion and 100% satisfaction is achieved. Give us a call and you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Maria on 10/2/2021

Started job 4 months ago and hasn't finished it yet. We've had to chase him constantly, so unprofessional. His workmen are great though.

KCTLondon is a design-based Construction firm operating from Greater London, delivering quality services to clients’ satisfaction and within budget. Our products have remained high-end but our prices are competitive giving us the edge over many others.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 8/5/2017

I was very pleased with the work done. All the tradespeople were very helpful and pleasant We were very pleased with the works.

Our company was established in UK 9 years ago,Before that we have worked in Portugal,France.We are experienced in refurbishment work,all carpenter work,bathroom fitting,all kinds of external insulation and rendering finishes.We are all certificated.Our work is supported with references. We will do our best to satisfy everyone with the quality of the work we can offer.

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Reviewed by Greg on 30/3/2021

Hard working & reliable guys. Would highly recommend.

Here at SYD property services we take on most of your building needs we have over 12 years in the trades we undertake. we take on any job small or large scale including commercial maintenance. We take on: Roofing Building Truss work Paving slabbing Velux windows installed Plastering rendering Decking installation Fencing Garage conversions These are just a few of the trade we take on all our work in finished to a high standard and we never ask for money upfront. We have reference available to give you a piece of mind but we have a small gallery above to show you some of the great work we do. All our work team are very friendly and will leave the job clean and tidy.

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Reviewed by Philip on 23/12/2020

Brendan was quick to get in touch, came and measured up. Rang next day with quote, which we agreed on. Came very soon after to replace garage and porch roof. Job done very well, very happy with it. Highly recommended.

The Manufacturer and Installer of Garden Sheds.Garden office buildings are growing in popularity with more and more people making the modern switch to work from home. Garden offices provide the perfect work-life balance solution whilst creating extra space at home. Our premium quality garden rooms are fully-insulated meaning you will have a warm, dry and comfortable space to work all-year-round. Not at all like a ‘shed office’ or ‘shoffice’, our buildings are built to the same quality, safety and insulation standards as a room in your house. This means you can create a professional and comfortable workspace in the practicality of your home garden.

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Reviewed by shaikhali on 17/12/2020

very good , All points clear before we have to start work

Loft conversion, extension and house refurbishment specialists

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Reviewed by Eric on 8/4/2019

Kenny and his team from KC joinery and Building did an excellent job of building a dorma and onsuite on my house. They where quick, tidy and the whole process was hassle free. Even the building inspector commented to me about how good the workmanship was. This building firm is a rare gem. I’ve had lots of problems with builders in the past but I will definitely be using these guys again.

Is a small Family business!

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Reviewed by shaun on 27/7/2018

excellent daniel came around on friday and gave me a fabulous quote and by sunday the job was complete ,very neat and tidy

RJG Carpentry offers a professional , friendly, reliable service at very competitive prices all in one package to improve your home or business, WHY MOVE? JUST IMPROVE! All aspects of carpentry and building works undertaken

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Reviewed by Amber on 26/7/2017

Rob and his team were fantastic. Rob's pricing and quote was completely transparent and fair. Whenever he came up against unexpected issues, he was quick to problem solve and we really valued his guidance. We are delighted with our new playroom, utility room and shower room.

ABC Roofing and building carries out all roofing ad building work.

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Reviewed by chinedum on 15/3/2021

Issues Swiftly resolved when I spoke to a very reasonable member of the organisation. I will prefer to take down previous rating but I don't know how to do that. Thank you Mr. A.H. I am very pleased with your input.

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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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