At Dawson Building, we’ve been offering garage conversions as part of our building services in Trowbridge in Wiltshire and the surrounding area for many 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 you don’t want the available space to be wasted. However, one of the most compelling reasons to consider a garage conversion is simply to increase the value of your house.
Given that approximately 90 per cent of British garages don’t contain a car, they are a wasted asset with a cost of about £10,000 as part of the property’s total value. To calculate value added, multiply square footage gained by local price per square foot.
Last year, most property sales in Trowbridge involved terraced properties which sold for on average £148,657. Detached properties sold for an average price of £246,857 while semi-detached properties fetched £180,141.
During the last year, sold prices in Trowbridge were 3% up on the previous year and similar to 2010 when the average house price was £179,966. (Source: rightmove.co.uk)
So, you’ve decided a garage conversion is what you need? There is a lot to consider but Dawson Building is ready to help with any questions you might have.
Planning permission is not usually required, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building, but sometimes permitted development rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions and therefore, you should contact your local planning authority before proceeding, particularly if you live on a new housing development or in a conservation area.
Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.
Beyond planning permission, building regulations also need to be considered. Replacing the existing garage door with a wall will usually require laying new foundations to cope with the additional structural weight.
There are several different types of foundation – deep-fill, shallow-fill and others – which can also be affected by factors such as the type of soil, adjacent structures, trees, drains and sewers and general ground condition.
It might seem daunting but Dawson Building will take care of the assessment for you as part of the garage conversion process.
There are many other installation considerations, including:
- Temperature, Electricity and Water
- Walls, Ventilation and Openings
- Flooring and Ceilings
- Insulation and Damp Proofing
About Dawson Building
The good news is that Dawson Building is expert in all stages of this garage conversion process from sourcing of materials through design and construction.
Trowbridge, Wiltshire’s county town, is only 8 miles south east of our head office in Bath and we routinely offer our garage conversion services in many other areas across the South of England including Trowbridge and the nearby towns of Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Melksham, Devizes and the parishes of Hilperton, North Bradley and Semington.
If you would like more information on our garage conversion services, please contact us today.