Garage Conversions Glasgow
Rarely used for car storage any more, garages often become dumping grounds for items we rarely need or use — is now the time to consider converting your garage into a habitable room instead?
Deciding to convert a garage into living space is a great way to add extra space to your home. It’s cost-effective and is one of the least disruptive improvements you can make, in fact, a good garage conversion can add as much as 10% to the value of your house.
We have plenty of experience in terms of dealing with garage conversions, as well as building regulations. We can see the project through from conception to completion.
Garage Conversions and Building Regulations
Garage conversions fall into ‘change of use’ and so will require building regulations approval.
Building Regulations apply to:
- moisture proofing
- escape routes
- structural soundness
Added Value: Moving house costs money that can’t be recouped. But converting a garage into a habitable room adds more value to your home than it costs in most cases. A garage conversion can increase your house’s value. Some reckon you can get around a 10%-20% return by taking on a well-considered project that enhances the usability of your house.
A garage conversion is one of the fastest and cost effective routes to adding living space. An average build to create a new home office or bedroom can often be completed in just over a week. And, of course, you won’t need to resort to moving to get a house that suits your family’s needs; so you’ll save on fees for stamp duty and solicitors. And, unlike the usual home extension, it won’t use up any of your garden space.
Why choose CGH Property Services for your Garage Conversion?
CGH is an all trades company meaning that we can manage all aspects of your garage conversion.
We provide the following services.
- Fitting double glazed windows
- Fitting Bathrooms
- Fitting Kitchens
- Fitting Staircases
Can you convert your garage?
Before you start building your garage conversion, you need to know all the legal issues that can be involved. There are three important things that you need to check out first.
Restrictive Clauses in your house’s lease – You need to check your property’s deeds for any restrictive covenants. Some developers place a condition on any building work that will affect the outside appearance of a house. If there is a clause, get in touch with them as it can often be avoided for a fee. The other option is to just convert the inside of the garage without changing its outwards appearance. This is often achieved by keeping a front portion of the garage for storage space and converting the rest. Of course this option depends on your desire for the garage conversion.
Do you need planning permission? – You normally only need planning permission to convert a garage if you decide to extend the actual physical size of the garage. But, check with your local authority as the exact rules do vary.
The Building Regulations – If you propose to convert any part of your house into a room to be used as habitable room, you will need to adhere to the government building regulations that are in place. A building control officer may need to check your conversion during the construction.
There are some occurrences where the permission to convert your garage space may be rejected such as:
- You live in a listed building. It is very possible that the external appearance of your home must be kept as it is.
- Your conversion could affect drainage. If you plan to concrete over your garden, thus creating extra pressure on the drainage that is in place.
- If additional insulation is needed. There are some councils that will allow you to add the extra fill to the existing building, some others may insist that you dig up your existing floor to insulate it as if you are building from scratch.
- There are parking restrictions. In some areas where there is a lack of parking spaces and councils can refuse permission to convert your garage.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation for your garage conversion.