At Dawson Building we’ve been building garage conversions in Bradford on Avon and the surrounding areas for years so we know exactly how to make the most out of your garage, no matter how big or small.
There are several reasons why you might consider converting your garage into an additional living space. New addition to the family? Converting your garage into a new living space can be more cost effective than moving house. Maybe you need a bigger car and it won’t fit in your existing garage and don’t want the available space to be wasted.
However, one of the most compelling reasons to consider a garage conversion is to increase the value of your house.
Bradford on Avon is one of the more expensive place to live in Wiltshire. Last year the average selling price of a terraced property was £307,303. Detached properties sold for an average price of £414,537, while even flats cost an average of £188,543. During the last year, sold prices in Bradford on Avon were 6% up on the previous year and similar to 2010 when the average house price was £179,966. (Source)
So, you’ve decided a garage conversion is what you need? There is a lot to consider but Dawson Building are ready to help with any questions you might have.
Walls, Ventilation, and Opening
Construction of the walls and ceiling will depends on any air conditioning and temperature systems you are installing. Large windows or doors are ideal for taking advantage of the open space and letting lots of light in. Large folding-glass doors or windows can provide amazing aesthetics while adding functionality.
External walls are covered by building regulations and must meet requirements in terms of moisture-proofing and insulation. You’ll also want the walls, doors and windows to be secure. If the garage is integral to the house the exterior walls will usually meet building regulations. Otherwise we can build a second block wall inside the existing exterior wall, although this will decrease the interior dimensions of the space. Insulation and power and water lines can be routed behind this wall.
Interior walls between rooms in the conversion must also meet fireproofing regulations. Layers of fireproof plasterboard can add the protection you will need. The doors will also be sourced and fitted with fireproofing in mind.
Proper insulation can be cost effective as it will cut your heating bills over the long term, especially it it’s fitted while the walls are being constructed.
There are many other installation considerations, including:
- Temperature, Electricity, and Water
- Walls, Ventilation, and Openings
- Flooring and Ceilings
- Insulation and Damp Proofing
Dawson Building is expert in all stages of this process from sourcing of materials through design and construction. Bradford on Avon is only 7 miles north west of our head office in Bath, Somerset and we routinely cover areas across the South of England including Bath, Trowbridge, Claverton, Monkton Combe, Limpley Stoke, Freshford, Winsley, Lower Westwood, Staverton, and Trowbridge.
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