If you’re trying to improve space in your home then you might have settled on a garage conversion as the perfect solution. This is a great idea, because as well as freeing up space, it’ll add value to your property, so it’s all win-win. Except perhaps that you need to consider whether your garage is in fact suitable for a garage conversion in the first place.
Today, we’re going to be looking at how you can determine whether or not your garage is suitable for conversion. This way, you’ll be able to make an educated decision on whether or not it’s worth going ahead.
Check the house deeds
Firstly, start from the very beginning, go back to your house deeds and check what it is you can and can’t do with your property. There may be covenants or clauses that restrict what you do to change the external appearance. Often, they can be sidestepped for a fee, but you’ll need to check this out first.
Converting, internal spaces and specifications
However, on the other hand you may be able to convert the interior part of your garage as long as you don’t change the external appearance. Size and specification of your garage will determine what you can do with the internal space, but it’s possible to convert the remaining space within and still make it use-able.
Planning permissions and building regulations
If you think you’ll need planning permission find out. It will largely depend on what you’re thinking of doing, if you’re going to extend the size, you will probably need permission and you will have to abide by government building regulations if you are going to use your garage as living space. Building regulations differ from one area of the country to another, so always check this out.
Listed buildings are another matter and you’ll need to check what you can and can’t do, you will probably have to maintain the outside of the building and keep the external part intact.
Drainage, parking restrictions and insulation
Drainage and any potential flooding will need to be looked at as will additional insulation, and any restrictions on parking. Always check, always ask, your local planning department should have relevant information, so always fact check before you start anything.
JG Joiners and Builders – for quality garage conversions
If you’re thinking of converting your garage and you’ve done your homework, you may be thinking of now going ahead. If you are, then consider JG Joiners and Builders. We’re a team of experienced and qualified builders with experience in garage conversions. Much of our work comes from recommendations, so if you’re now ready to go ahead, you won’t find a better team. Get in touch today.