There are many factors to address when planning your garage conversion, including how you will bring in light, how it will fit with your
current home, and what you will use the additional space for. Here are some helpful garage conversion design tips.
Garages are often underutilised areas that are ready for conversion into useful living space (a project that can add as much as 10 percent
to the value of your home, according to property experts).
Converting a garage also avoids having to give up outdoor space for an extension, and it frequently allows you to keep construction
activity separate until you knock-through into the current living area.
If you’re thinking about converting your space, there are a lot of things to think about, from whether the space is appropriate for
conversion and how to convert it to how to design a room that will work for your lifestyle.
We’ll concentrate on the design elements of garage conversions here.
Types of Garages
Attached, integrated, and detached garages are the three most common types. Each has its own set of problems:
Attached or Integrated: This kind of garage is attached to the main structure of the home, occasionally to one side, but more frequently to
the front, with a room above it, usually a bedroom. Attached garages are typically accessible from within the home, making the conversion
The fact that a garage is unattached does not rule out the possibility of converting it into living space. If it is a distinct building, however,
you are more likely to need to seek planning approval to alter its intended use.
What is the maximum amount of space I can gain by converting the garage?
A standard-sized single garage may provide approximately 14m2 of additional space, making it suitable for a home office, playroom, or
guest bedroom, as well as a basement shower room and utility. Depending on the arrangement of your house, it may also provide the
opportunity to expand an existing area, such as your kitchen or hallway.
A double garage can add approximately 28m2 to your home, allowing you to use part of it for storage or keep it as a garage while utilising
the remainder as living space. Tandem garages are the same way.
What is the best way to make the conversion seem seamless?
Instead of looking like a converted garage, you want your garage conversion to blend in with the rest of your home. This should be
something you and your designer can work on together.
Other methods for making a conversion seem smooth include:
Ensure that the exterior and roof (if applicable) materials match or complement those used on the main home.
Window and door styles must be compatible.
Alternatively, you could go for a more modern look and emphasise the garage as a recent addition to the home by using modern cladding
or finish. Any problems with how the existing garage door opening is hidden will be resolved with new cladding ” a poorly bricked up
aperture is a no-no.
Is it possible to convert just a portion of my garage?
A partial garage conversion is an option. This is when the front of the garage is left alone, both inside and outwardly, but the back portion
is integrated into the home. This enables you to keep some storage while adding a little more living space ” ideal for individuals looking
for a utility room, extra kitchen space, or a playroom.
What is the best way to bring in a lot of natural light?
Incorporating natural light into a garage conversion is really very simple. The wall where the garage door used to be is the most apparent
location for a new window or windows, but don’t stop there. Is it possible to incorporate a roof lantern onto a flat roof or add rooflights to a
new pitched roof?
Consider putting sliding, French, or bifold doors into one wall if the garage is at the back of the home or offers a private view.
Create wide internal apertures between the current living areas and the conversion to enable light to flow between them. This is very
useful if you just have one window.
Is it possible to do a two-story garage conversion?
It’s important to examine the area above an integrated, single-story garage before converting it to living space ” might adding a storey be
This is an excellent method to obtain more first-floor room without expanding the overall footprint of the home.
Adding a second storey requires more labour and money, but the overall value of the home should justify it. There will very likely be a
requirement to inspect and improve the existing foundations, and there will be additional Building Regulations to consider.
What Should I Do With My Garage?
Because they were intended to hold a vehicle, most garages are long and narrow, which does not instantly lend themselves to a suitable
living area. As a result, it is typical for individuals to use stud walls to divide the area into two smaller rooms, with the smaller of the two
rooms frequently serving as a WC or shower room, as well as storage.
Garage conversions may be used for a variety of purposes, including home offices. This makes sense since garages are often separate
from the main living spaces and provide a separate entry for work-related guests.
Kitchen-diner: In areas where garages and kitchens are adjacent, tearing down the wall between them to create one bigger kitchen-diner
is a common choice ” and it also solves the long, narrow problems.
Utility room: Garages that are next to a kitchen may also be used as a utility room since they have the option of a rear entrance.
Teen hangout or playroom Using the space as a playroom while keeping it partially open to an adjacent kitchen allows you to supervise
younger children while doing day-to-day tasks, and garage conversions are also an excellent location for a second living room for older
children to relax in, keeping the inevitable noise out of your own relaxing
Other possibilities include gyms, home theatres, and extra bedrooms, with the possibility of turning detached garages into a separate
annexe in the case of detached garages. Be advised that this may need planning permission.
Contact Luke Lloyd Builders today to get your project underway by arranging a free quote including a prompt site visit in Greater Glasgow