The Four Most Common Garage Conversion Questions
Garage conversions can be an excellent, cost effective way to create additional living space without the hassle of giving up space somewhere else.
1. Will I need planning permission?
This depends on whether or not you seek to extend the external area of the garage. If not, the conversion will typically be covered under ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR).
2. Where do I start?
Once a planning permission is acquired or work is allowed under PDR, then it would be best to consult a building surveyor, architect or structural engineer to help design your conversion plans.
3. Does a garage conversion add property value?
Typically, yes. Anything that improves and creates additional living space to your home will add value. You just need to ensure your project is properly planned, managed and controlled so that the expenditure does not exceed the value added.
4. How much does a garage conversion cost?
This will depend greatly on whether you employ a builder for the work or if you project manage yourself and use individual trades people or do some/all of the work yourself. Depending on what you are having done and by whom, pricing could start around £8,000.