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Add a Garage Conversion to your home as a cost effective way to add more space!
You can easily change th look of your home and add additional space by adding a cost effective Garage Conversion.
A garage conversion will not normally change the use of your property meaning that UK Building Regulations will onlt apply to the structural alterations involved and to other building controls such as drainage. It is also unlikely that you will need detailed planning permission from the local council.
On many occasions a Garage Conversion requires little more than the infilling of the existing garage doorway with a suitable construction. This most often is largely made up of a window. Any infill will need to be supported by either foundations or suitable lintels. This is a structural alteration and as such requires building regulation approval.
In some cases the garage already has cavity walling and the works are therefore substantially reduced. If however the existing garage has single leaf masonry walls with piers there will be additional work to try to improve both thermal insulation and weather resistance.
To avoid future structural problems it is common to provide an internal insulated stud wall. If this is to be adopted it is worth considering prefabricating the stud walls in panels to enable a breather membrane and vapour barrier to be incorporated. In addition the piers can be weathered and insulated to reduce cold spots being formed.
If you would like further information on converting your garage, please contact us.