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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 Fraser on 29/11/2018

Asked for quote , was told was going to give quote never got back after 4 phone calls i gave up

Here at Nu space Conversions we provide a first class service. We can assist you with the planning of your project and take everything off your hands leaving you stress free.

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Reviewed by Chris on 2/12/2018

Excellent quality of work. Both great guys and extremely reliable. Nothing too much for them. I highly recommend them.

I have been in rhe building trade for over 45years 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 Karen on 22/10/2018

Once again, RV Buttner was very helpful and the quote he gave was fair. I decided not to continue with planned works

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 Tom on 7/12/2018

We needed a garage conversion in a hurry for an elderly relative. After the initial visit to talk about our requirements, the job was planned, materials ordered, and underway within a week. NB Installations remained solely on our job until completed to our satisfaction. They met all our requests, were courteous, very tidy, and found a solution to all our needs, and the final outcome is a superb Job and has our highest Recommendation.

Plumlec is a construction,plumbing,heating and electrical business,we construct and install the complete job from ground up including heating ,kitchens,bathrooms,flooring,renovations,extensions there is nothing we can not do or achieve ,friendly,reliable

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Reviewed by Graham on 21/11/2018

So impressed with the service and quality of work, Richard is coming back to do more work. Highly recommended!

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 Rachel on 27/11/2018

We are so happy with our new kitchen and bifold doors and downstairs toilet. John, and his team were fantastic, everything was thought out and the standard of workmanship has been brilliant in all aspects from the biggest to smallest detail. There were a few stressful moments when the kitchen fitter sent some wrong equipment, but John was patient and adaptable and all was well. I would absolutely recommend Aries and we hope to use them again next year when we do a loft conversion. Clarissa and Rachel

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 Helen on 25/9/2018

We were delighted with the work. Jamie was professional throughout and finished the work when he said he would. Thsnkyou

We are a small family business est since 1986 and offer a traditional service, we work on everything from small alterations to full builds. Free estimates and Free advice to all clients.

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Reviewed by gary on 13/6/2018

Have photos should anyone wish to see build stages to finish.

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.

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

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Reviewed by Cherie on 3/12/2018

Excellent Job,very well mannered and everything left clean and tidy

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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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