FAQ’s

How much does a garage conversion cost UK?

Compared to building a brand-new extension, the less costly garage conversion is the obvious alternative. Prices vary but normally a three by four metre extension would cost you upwards of £17,000 whereas a standard garage conversion just costs between £4,995 and £7,500.

Do you need planning permission to turn a garage into an office?

Not normally. If you are converting your garage into extra living space, providing the work is internal and does not make the building any larger. A condition attached to a planning permission may also require that the garage should still stay as a parking space

Can I convert my garage into an office?

Planning permission is not usually required to a garage conversion providing the work is just internal and does not entail making the actual building any larger.

Are garage conversions worth it?

Generally, it’s a sound investment as it could add up to 20% to your home’s value and you’ll also get the extra living space you need without the usual planning headaches. If the associated build costs are less than the extra value gained by your property, this clearly is a beneficial and cost-effective option to gaining more space.

Can I put a toilet in my garage?

Yes, you can add a toilet and shower to your garage conversion. Whether you’re doing this as part of a wider home improvement scheme or just want to make the space more functional it’s an option that’s worth considering.

Can I turn my garage into a granny annexe?

Yes, you can, and it’s a lot quicker to get planning permission than with an extension, as this can take from 3-6 months by the time you’ve had quotations, had plans designed and submitted and granted. In comparison, a garage conversion can be under way as soon as the build team have it booked into their schedule by issuing a builders notice.

Can you convert a detached garage into a bedroom?

This is usually no problem and planning permission is not required as a garage conversion usually falls under permitted development, yet you should be aware that if you are converting it into a home office or for residential accommodation you may need to apply for a change of use application.

Do you need architect drawings for garage conversion?

No, it isn’t necessary to involve an architect to create plans for you, this can be done quite easily by a local surveyor.

What is the best way to insulate a garage?

An effective way for thin walls and garage doors is to use Rigid Foam Insulation. If the garage conversion is to be converted into living space or an office or workspace, it’s a good idea to also insulate the floor with rigid foam covered in plywood or another subfloor material.

Types of garage conversions;

• Full Integral single garage conversion

• Double integral garage conversion

• Part Integral garage conversion

• Detached garage conversions