Is a garage conversion worthwhile?

We all want to use our space effectively. Most of the time, that space is limited, so squeezing out every last bit of potential is essential to make your home the best it can be.

One way to do this is to consider having a garage conversion. 

If you have a garage attached to your property which is rarely in use, then that space has the potential to transform your house and extend your existing space.

The addition of this extra square footage to your home could be turned into a variety of living spaces opening up a variety of renovation opportunities. 

Here is everything you need to know about what is entailed in a garage conversion, from the cost, to the range of benefits it would bring to your property.

 

Why should I get a garage conversion?

Garage conversions are a popular form of home renovation because they are fairly simple in the construction process and offer fantastic results in a short period of time. 

One way to maximise the potential from your ground floor space is to combine your garage space with that of your existing ground. You can really make the most of the spaciousness of your floor plan, allowing more light to filter through your home, creating a far greater living space. 

 If you’re lucky enough to have a double garage, this can either be used to double the amount of space – creating a fabulous living area – or, use half the space to keep a single garage and still use some of the footprint to form an extension. 

 

What does a garage conversion entail?

Like any conversion, you should think about the features you will have to include in making your new space:

  • Removal of garage doors 
  • New doors
  • New windows
  • New flooring
  • Redecoration of walls and surfaces
  • Gas and water utilities
  • Additional electrical sockets

All of these aspects of a building project are fairly straightforward in a conversion as opposed to a completely new build, so the costs can be kept relatively low. That said, it’s good to think about the overall cost of proceedings to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

 

How much would it cost?

Because you’re working on an existing structure, garage conversions can be completed on a modest budget. 

A standard conversion of a single garage will probably cost anywhere between £4995 and £7500, although this figure can rise to around £8000 and above. 

 

What are the benefits of having a garage conversion?

There are a number of advantages. 

Firstly, space! Greater square footage could be for a new and improved living room, an extension of your current ground floor space, a utility room, bedroom, office or any other ideas you may have: a garage conversion offers abundant possibilities in your new increased space. 

One of the biggest benefits of garage conversions is that you don’t need to build anything from scratch.  The process is a repurposing of the space that’s already there so it’s considerably cheaper than building a new extension. 

While it’s always good to check for planning permission, the most likely scenario is that you won’t need any official consent for a garage conversion as it would fall under the permitted planning category), being a space that already exists.

For those conscious of investment, a good garage conversion can increase the value of your home should you decide to sell in the future. It can also create the potential for a rented space too, thereby creating extra income. 

Even if you aren’t looking to sell, a garage conversion will pay for itself in terms of usage and living opportunities within weeks. 

 

HOKO is an architecture firm with a difference. We understand that every design project is as unique as the homeowner themselves. That’s why we’ve developed a process that can be tailored to suit your specifications in order to reduce fuss and expense.  

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