A garage converting your garage is an excellent way to create more living space as well as adding significant value to your home. Whether you choose to convert it yourself or bring in a specialist in, convert in to an office or a man cave – this blog will help you out.
It’s an awkward process for anyone, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re converting your garage in to, it can be a tricky business. So, to make your life that little bit easier, we have split this plan up in to two very simple points.
Reasons for conversion
Many homeowners across the UK neglect their garage. The space isn’t used for its original function as much as it used to – a place to store your car. Now, the garage is often used as a storage space – somewhere to throw all the items you don’t want or don’t use, making your garage a completely wasted space.
Converting your garage can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add space to your home, as well as adding extra value to the property. Here are a handful of the most popular functions for a garage conversion:
- Home gym
- Man cave
- Another living room
- Extra bathroom
- Home office
- Larger kitchen
Can I convert
Before you convert your garage and start the whole process, you need to know all the legalities involved. If you decide to go ahead without planning permission, you could be forced in to returning everything in its original condition, potentially out of your own pocket.
- Restrictive clauses in your lease – you need to check your property contract for any covenants that may restrict you in anyway. Some developers place restrictions on building work that may affect the appearance of the property’s exterior.
- Planning permission – This only applies if you are altering the size or shape of the garage, but we recommend you check with your local authority as rules to differ.
- Building regulations – you need to comply with government building regulation if you plan to convert any part of your house into a habitable space.
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