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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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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 paul on 14/9/2020

Great communication, prompt and reliable.

weardale construction have been in business for over 16 years our main works arte extensions loft conversions sun rooms and conservatories ,we are a team of 8 covering all services without the need to sub contract out any works

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Reviewed by Ghenadie on 10/6/2020

I am very pleased with the work they have done. The porch turned out amazing and exactly how I wanted. Excellent knowledge regarding to their specialty. The employees were very friendly and helped me out with delivering some materials and haven’t charged me anything. I think it was worth the price and plus they gave me a 10 year warranty. I definitely recommend their service as they deliver a high quality work.

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 Sean on 2/10/2020

John, Rob and Scott were the perfect team for the job. John not just quoted on the garage but guided me through the decisions which were needed and explained the process accurately. The work itself happened when he said it would, with people on site every day grafting away neatly and efficiently. The results are fantastic and I couldn’t be happier. I would highly recommend these guys for your next project.

At LUKE S BUILD & DESIGN LTD Our aim is to provide a professional service for our customers and clients. We pride our selfs on providing a friendly, efficient service producing a high standard of work along the way. WE ARE A SMALL COMPANY WITH MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE . ALL EMPOYEES ARE FULLY TRAINED, AND CSCS QUALIFIED. ALL WORK IS FULLY RISK ASSESSED AND COMPLIANT WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

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Reviewed by Lorna on 17/10/2020

I consider Florin Barsan a 'God Send'. Florin is one of a kind. Right from the beginning Florin is very patient always taking into considerations our desires for the project's outcome. There's no guessing. Florin is very meticulous about details going as far as to undertake further research with regards to the materials, style and layout required. Always providing regular updates with photos, text and voicemail. To say I am pleased is an understatement. I have no problem in recommending his services!

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by Neil on 1/10/2020

After several quotes and careful consideration we decided to go with SB Construction. Before making our decision Steve was always available to answer any questions I had relating to the build. Couldn’t be more pleased with the work that has been undertaken by Steve and his lads. Special mention must go to his plumber who’s name escapes me but he’s a credit to Steve’s business. We’ve already recommended Steve to two of our friends and wish him and his business all the luck going forward.

We are a well established building company based in Lincoln covering most of the U.K. We specialise in providing a very high standard of workmanship with a finish you can call home. We are a well established building company, with a growing number of repeatable clients. We are fully insured, experienced and qualified with all the work we undertake to ensure of finish product is at its best standard.

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Reviewed by Gini on 28/7/2020

Chris and the team built a 4.4m by 6m extension to our property, a summerhouse, moved a large spa housing, laid patio areas, installed fencing, trellising and arch, and prepared our garden for turfing during the pandemic. Despite the challenges of social distancing, ability to hire equipment and obtain materials, Chris kept us informed at all stages of the build. Workmanship and build quality is fantastic! We have had them back to install additional fencing and would not hesitate in recommending Chris !

specialising in all aspects off plastering and building services

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Reviewed by Phil on 21/10/2020

Martin was excellent to deal with from start to finish, Did a superb job and managed to fit us in quickly due to our concerns over the location of our damaged brickwork.

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 Tim on 26/5/2020

David did a fantastic job and was always a pleasure to deal with. The garage conversion was done to a high standard and the downstairs cloakroom looks great. David even added some nice finishing touches that were not part of the original brief. Overcame some material supply challenges in the face of the pandemic. Overall would recommend 100%.

MH Design And Build LTD was formed in 2013. Based in Rotherham, we service Doncaster, Sheffield and other South Yorkshire areas. Nothing is more important to us than our reputation which is why we are a reliable, friendly and customer-driver contractor. Our ethos is fantastic customer service, quality workmanship and highly-competitive rates. We have a number of extremely professional and skilled tradesmen that we employ. As a company we have a combined total of 30 years experience from loft conversions to extensions and new builds.

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Reviewed by Peter on 2/11/2019

I needed a house re-rendering and MH Design & Build was excellent. Reliable, reasonable, dealt with the inevitable snags with skill, recommended Parex, which has made the house look like new - definitely recommended based on my experience.

Our residential team can cover areas such as overall building construction, landscaping, patio, driveways, fencing, lighting & technology, and groundworks. We treat your home just if was ours! We provide our customers with the highest standard an quality we possibly can. Check feedback from our customers. Get in touch today with our friendly team!

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Reviewed by Ian on 2/9/2020

Nathan and his team worked quickly and efficiently together as a good team. Their standard of work was good. Although they did not arrive when expected, they finished in the allotted time and cleaned up well after the job.

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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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