Is your garage sitting around and literally collecting dust while your cars sit on the driveway? If so, you’re missing out on habitable space you could be enjoying on a daily basis (while increasing your home’s value in the process).
But you can’t just decide you want a garage conversion for your home in Fife or Edinburgh and go right ahead with your plans. Instead, it’s important to understand the basics of the process to ensure you’re prepared for what it entails.
After all, eliminating the garage often means eliminating a simple storage space for tools like lawnmowers or perhaps storage boxes you just don’t have any place for in the rest of your home. On the other hand, it also means building a room you can use on a daily basis, enhancing the liveability of your home in the process.
Below, we’re going to discuss all of the basics of garage conversions. This includes what you can use the extra space for, what the construction process entails, and other factors you must consider (like building permissions). By the end, you should have a great idea regarding whether a garage conversion is for you (and understand the best way to move forward with your renovation as well!).
You Can Use a Garage Conversion for Any Number of Purposes
No matter who you are, how many people are in your family (or more specifically in your home), or what your garage currently looks like, a garage conversion can be a great idea to add another liveable room to your home.
But, what kind of changes can you make with a garage conversion? There are countless possibilities, some of which include:
- Kitchen extensions – If your garage is just off your kitchen, knocking down the wall is a great way to add additional space or a larger dining area.
- Living room – Create a special room for your kids or an additional space to read or relax for yourself!
- Utility room – If the garage is connected to your home by a hallway or even just off the kitchen, it can make for a great utility room. Use it for laundry, storage, or other practical purposes.
- Office – If you work from home, creating an office is a great way to reduce distractions and maximise productivity. You can even put additional desks in the room for children to do their homework.
- Gym – Like working out from home? Try converting your garage to a gym complete with mirrors, windows, and more to get the most out of your space!
Of course, a garage can be whatever you want it to be. Use your imagination and think what will offer the most value to your family as you remain in the home and what will generate the most value for other individuals should you ever decide to sell.
There are Some Structural Basics You Should Understand Before Taking on a Garage Conversion
There’s a lot more than just interior renovations that go into a garage conversion. It’s important to know the steps in the process to understand if you’re ready to take on all that the process entails, especially because construction doesn’t happen overnight.
Here are just a few of the changes you should expect:
- New Walls/Windows – The garage door will disappear and a new wall and windows will take form. In some cases, this raises the need for new foundations.
- Roof – Often, a roof upgrade will be in order. This is because roofing above most garages aren’t necessarily water-tight. You might even want to transform a flat roof into a pitched roof to make the new garage space blend more naturally into the rest of your home.
- Insulation – Regulations demand that walls, windows, roofing, and the floor must be insulated. Typically, this means you must dry-line the walls, purchase special flooring insulation, and properly seal windows as well.
- Heating – Sometimes, your current heating system won’t support heating yet another room in the home. As such, you should consider alternative solutions like electric underfloor heating.
- Electric and Plumbing Systems – This kind of work must be approved by the building control department of your local council.
While there are several other factors you’ll need to address, these are the primary systems and structures that will be involved in your conversion.
Planning Permissions Can Affect the Conversion Process
Garage conversions don’t typically require planning permission. However, there are some homes built with original plans that prohibit a garage conversion without planning permission (primarily because converting the garage might cause parking issues in your area).
Of course, there are some circumstances where planning permissions are necessary:
- If you live in a listed building
- If the work will expand your home’s volume beyond the permitted limits
- If you’re going to use the new space for business purposes
- If your local council is strict against off-road parking
These requirements can make the process slightly longer and more costly. However, it won’t stop your plans for a garage conversion altogether.
Take the Guesswork and Stress Out of a Garage Conversion With Management Joinery Solutions
Whether you’ve wanted to convert your Fife or Edinburgh garage for some time or are newly keen to the idea, Management Joinery Solutions can help.
Our joinery solutions are fueled by a “system of works” philosophy, meaning we use team work to efficiently manage your garage conversion and ensure the high-quality finish that you expect.
If you’re interested in a quick turnaround and reliable, in-house service, contact our team today on 07772608248 to discuss your potential conversion. We look forward to speaking with you!