Converting your garage into a useable living area is the perfect way to increase space within your home at an affordable price. Moving house or building an extension are both costly ways to get your dream home, by simply utilizing the space you already have you’ll be able to add value and space to your existing home and transform it into the home of your dreams with ease.
The biggest benefit of a garage conversion is that you create additional living space with minimal costs. Garage conversion costs can vary depending on what will be included, below we have looked at each of the factors you may require, or wish to include, and the associated costs. You can use this guideline to get an idea of the overall convert garage to room cost:
You can use the above as a rough guideline for each factor, generally to convert your garage can cost as little as £6,000 for an integrated garage transformed into a basic living area however £9,000 is the average cost of garage conversion. You can expect to pay far more if you are planning a garage conversion to kitchen or bathroom or the garage is a stand-alone unit.
Planning the garage conversion
It is essential to carefully plan the garage conversion to ensure you make the most of the available space and budget for the changes effectively. Whether you decide to convert garage into a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom you will need to have thorough plans to ensure the project is carried out smoothly. The best garage conversions are well planned and carried out by professionals. A well planned and organized garage conversion will take between one week and one month to complete.
Generally, a garage conversion does not require planning permission as long as you won’t be altering the structure of the building. However, if you live in a listed building or a conservation area you may need to get planning permission and if you are converting a standalone garage it may require ‘change of use’ planning permission so it is worth double checking with the council before you get started. There may also be restrictive clauses in your lease which restrict you from converting your garage.You will also need apply for building regulations approval. It is important to comply with building regulations when doing work involving; moisture proofing, ventilation, insulation, fireproofing, escape routes and structural soundness. A building inspector will look at the windows, doors, foundations and fireproofing before issuing a certificate of completion.
A double garage conversion will likely provide your home with an additional 300 square feet or 28 square metres of floor space and provides you with plenty of options. You may decide to convert the whole garage to be used as living space or only half of the garage so you still have storage or a parking space. You can build multiple rooms and enjoy considerable extra space when converting a double garage. On top of that the average double garage conversion cost will be around £14,000, still considerably less than other extension and conversion options.
One of the considerations that may not come to mind immediately when planning a double conversion is your boiler, however you may find that your boiler will need upgrading in order to cope with the additional radiators you install.
The garage conversion prices we have already looked at are the standard costs you can expect to experience, however there may be some additional costs you need to keep in mind depending on the situation: Relocating the electricity meter from the garage – £800 Relocating the gas meter from the garage – £800 Reinforcing the foundations Damp proofing Administrative costs for architect/ project manager
When you convert your garage, it can cost from £6,000 up to around £15,000 depending on the room type and utilities being fitted. If you are planning to convert the garage into a kitchen the costs are going to increase because it will include multiple additions from the gas piping to the worktops and kitchen units.
If we take a look at the other available options to create more space in your home, the garage conversion is one of the best routes in terms of cost. A loft conversion will generally cost between £20,000 and £40,000 and a house extension will cost around £1,500 per square metre making the cost of an average extension around £30,000. This is why many homeowners turn to garage conversions as the garage extension cost is a lot less than other options, it is relatively quick to complete and you can enjoy more space in your home without a lot of the hassles that come with completing bigger and more costly jobs.