At Dawson Building we’ve been building garage conversions in Keynsham 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.
So, you’ve decided a garage conversion is what you need? Dawson Building is ready to help with any questions you might have.
The floor of a garage is usually a slab of concrete, which will require insulation. However, before starting the insulation process you have to make sure the floor is capable of resisting damp. It’s not always possible to know if a damp-proof membrane was used when the original floor was laid so it’s quite common to place a damp-proof membrane over the concrete slab before laying the insulation material. This will stop any moisture rising up and causing damp. A second membrane placed over the insulation layer can further help the screen layer being damaged by any reaction with the wooden flooring.
Once the insulation is in place the floor can be finished with a layer of screed, a mix of sand and cement, or timber boards to provide a stable surface. Together these layers will offer excellent insulation from heat loss through the floor. Finally you can lay your carpet over the top to complete the new floor.
Most garages are built with flat roofs, which means there is less than 10 degrees of pitch in the roof, and waterproofed with roofing felt.
The roof, like the walls, can have the insulation added to the inside or the outside of the construction. These two types of construction are known as warm roofs, where the insulation is above and between the roof joists, whereas cold roofs are where the insulation is between and below the roof joists.
As warm air rises it can condense into water as it reaches the colder surfaces above the insulation layer. To avoid this causing damp, we will add a vapour control layer.
As you can see there are many factors to consider when turning your garage into an extra room but Dawson Building is expert at every stage of the process and will be happy to come and assess your existing garage to determine exactly what is required in your case.
There are many other installation considerations, including:
• Planning Permission and Regulations
• Temperature, Electricity, and Water
• Walls, Ventilation, and Openings
• Insulation and Damp Proofing
Keynsham is only 9 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, and Staverton.
If you would like more information on our garage conversion services please contact us.