Converting your garage into extra living space can be an excellent, cost effective way to add onto your home without the hassle of losing space somewhere else.
Four Common Questions
1. Are planning permissions required?
This will be dependent on whether or not you want to extend the external footprint of the garage. If not, the conversion will typically be covered under ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR).
2. How do I get started?
Once it is established whether or not you need planning permissions or the work will be covered under PDR, then it is best to consult a building surveyor, architect or structural engineer to help design your conversion plans.
3. Will a garage conversion add property value?
Typically, yes. Most anything that improves your home and creates additional living space will add value. You just need to ensure your project is properly planned, managed and controlled so that the expenditure does not exceed the value added.
4. How much will it cost?
The price varies greatly, mostly depending on whether you employ a builder for the work or if you project manage yourself and use individual trades people or do some/all of the work yourself. Depending on what you are having done and by whom, pricing could start around £8,000.