WHY AND WHAT A GARAGE CONVERSION CAN MEAN TO YOU.
Why choose a garage conversion? Garages are generally intended to be used for storing cars, however, most people don’t use them for that. Generally, they keep their cars in the drive, on the street or in a car park. The garage then becomes the best storeroom ever for old tools, broken toys, and other such things that are to “fix later” (or is that just me??). This huge and largely unused space has excellent potential to be converted into an office, a snug, or even a playroom! If you’re one of the rarities who does use the garage for your car, and you have a double garage, it can be partially converted to creating a new room and a single-car garage!
There are many advantages to conversions over conservatories or extensions. The most obvious being that a garage has already got foundations walls. This makes some of the construction work unnecessary, which in turn will make it a less costly option. Similarly, most modern garages usually have an electrical connection already present, which makes it far easier to convert them. Based on all the above factors, garage conversions can offer significant savings when compared to the cost of extensions.
For example, the average garage conversion costs between £7,000 and £10,000, and a new three-by-four metre extension could cost as much as £13,000 or more. This makes garage conversions a very affordable alternative to extensions.
What do you want from your conversion? The first stage in planning is deciding what purpose you want the room to serve, and choosing what kind of room it’s going to be. You can find some inspiration here. Whatever kind of room it ends up being, it will likely need some modification. Compared to most rooms in a house, garages are a lot longer, and not quite as wide. To really make the most of this space, during the conversion process, some of the space at the rear of the garage is partitioned off with the addition of a new stud wall. Internal stud walls in garage conversions tend to be fairly inexpensive because of their short length. The space at the rear of the conversion can then be turned into a toilet or shower if the rest of the space is to be made into a bedroom, or it can simply be used as storage space for an office, snug, den or playroom.