If you need to add some more space to your home. Adding an extension is not an option, then a garage conversion could be the perfect solution. As far as home improvements go, a garage conversion is cost-effective and offers minimal disruption.
This can even add as much as 10% to the value of your home.
There is a lot to consider if you are planning on converting your garage, but with careful planning you can transform what is often used as a dumping ground into usable living space.
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A GARAGE CONVERSION?
In most cases, a garage conversion will fall under permitted development. This is particularly if you are not altering the actual structure of the building.
However, if you are converting a separate, stand-alone garage as opposed to an integral one, then you may have to apply for a change of use.
If you live in a Conservation Area, or your property is listed, then you will almost certainly require permission.
If you live in a relatively new build, check that there is no planning condition attached to the garage stating that it has to remain as parking. If this was the case, an application would need to be submitted to remove this condition.
BENEFITS OF CONVERTING YOUR GARAGE
- Converting a garage means every step of the design process is under your control, subject to technical and legal restrictions
- Converting a garage into a habitable room adds more value to your home than it costs in most cases
- On average, converting your garage will cost between £5,000 and £8,000
- Moving house involves costs that can’t be recouped. Remaining at your current address but with additional living space is a preferred solution for many
- Moving from a three to a four bedroom house could put you up a council tax band. A garage conversion leaves council tax bands unaffected