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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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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

Quality builder with an eye for details and an excellent customer service

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Reviewed by Ehsan on 25/9/2018

Done the job speedily

HI, ive been plastering for 40 years as well as internal rendering outside rendering , all types of plastering from flat walls to arched ceilings. Im clean and tidy and sheet every thing befor i start

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Reviewed by Leigh on 25/9/2018

Superb workmanship completed by Paul who was considerate and very helpful throughout the job. We will certainly be our first choice for any further work and we will recommend him without hesitation to our friends. Many thanks Paul Leigh & Viv

Hi am Mark roofers northeast owner I'm 43 years of age and have been in the roofing business for over 20 years I am part of our family run business all the work we carry out is of a high standard of workman ship we have 100s of pleased customers so our work can be viewed before you hire our company our team are friendly we guarantee all work carried out by us and as our customer you do not pay nothing till you are happy with our work thankyou look forward to meeting you in the future mark roofers northeast

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Reviewed by denise on 25/9/2018

Completed the job in a timely manor, I am satisfied with the work and would use again

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Reviewed by Aimee on 25/9/2018

Very helpful.

M & j Davies groundwork’s and roofing are happy to help with all your needs we have a range of tradesmen that are employed full time Roof tiler/slaters Joiner Grounds workers Plasterers/roughcasters We take pride in our work and all staff are well mannered and good at what they do we aim to please all customers We have been established since 2002 and have over 40 years experience in roofing and groundwork’s

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Reviewed by brenda on 25/9/2018

poor service - looks like they flung the paint in the two window sills - all over the side walk the guttering and window . never received a second coat - looks like it wasn’t sanded either - left mesages and had no reply to come fix the poor workmanship ! they were looking for £80 so it was lucky i never paid them as i now need to get someone to fix the problem -

Hi i have nearly 30 years building experiance with in the building trade., went to college to do my bricklaying course and the rest of the other trades i have worked with skilled people and learnt what i no today covering all the trades.

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Reviewed by Danny on 25/9/2018

Quoted for the job within a day of my post. Had the job completed within a few days and even came back to do some additional work I had not originally asked for. Reliable, clean and all work completed to a high standard. Would definitely recommend and would use again for any future work

Abigail Construction are a local based firm of General Builders and Brickwork contractors. We have over 30 years experience and specialise in all aspects of brick/masonrywork internal and external house renovations and improvements.

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Reviewed by Rachel on 24/9/2018

Gavin was really reliable and did a great job! He even went the extra mile when the job took a bit longer than expected. I would recommend his services to others.

Platinium Services is on the market since 2014. We are a building company who does a-z building works. From little jobs as painting to very large projects as extensions/conversions and renovations.

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Reviewed by Udhi on 24/9/2018

At this time we could not come to an agreement on price. BUT, I must say that I was very impressed with Filip's word - he came over on time, took his time, explained options, Including the type of materials most suitable for my task. I could not agree to the first price, he then formulated two further prices based on separated material and job mixes to see if he could help. A good, capable Tradesman who you will not regret recruiting.

We are a family run business in the west midland. We cover all aspects of roofing and building.I have been in the construction business for over 10 years and strive for perfection with a very high standard finish. All work undertaken is guaranteed for 10 years and fully insured to cover all work.

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Reviewed by Lee on 24/9/2018

Made appointment / booked work ,never showed up or even called or replied to texts, very disappointing

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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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