Many of us are looking for those additional inches in our homes since space is at a premium in so many of them throughout the UK.
We’re becoming quite adept at maximising our living spaces, from loft rooms to basement conversions and side-return additions. A
garage conversion is another excellent method to get that much-needed additional space. If this is something you’re thinking of doing,
think about these things first.
Understand the rules and regulations.
If you’re not expanding the building and keeping the footprint and elevations the same, you won’t need Planning Permission for a garage
conversion. It’s generally advisable to file an application if there’s going to be a substantial alteration to the property’s visible façade. This
allows any concerns to be addressed, and you can then continue working with confidence.
The Building Regulations, on the other hand, are something you should research. Converting a garage into a livable area requires a set of
specifications for foundations and substructure, energy efficiency, sound insulation, ventilation, and other factors to ensure that it is safe to
live in. A knowledgeable builder or architect can walk you through the whole process.
Examine the features that already exist.
Check the laws that apply to current features in your business (for example, the ‘Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998′ for
gas heating). If the room already has a combi boiler, for example, make sure the carbon monoxide monitoring and ventilation are included
in your designs. Your builder or architect will be able to assist you at this point.
Sort the foundations, substructure, and superstructure into three categories.
When converting a garage into a living area, the garage door is often covered with masonry (possibly including a window and door).
If the garage walls are single skinned or otherwise structurally deficient, a new exterior leaf of masonry with a 100mm-150mm insulated
hollow may be required. If this is the case, the footings will need to be inspected (through trial holes) to verify that they are up to code. If
this is not the case, new ones will have to be installed.
The best method to determine if your structure is safe to enter is to have an expert inspect it. This may be a builder or an architect, who
would then direct a builder if any physical exposure is needed (drilling, cutting, excavating, and so on).
Put a premium on utility.
It’s time to design your conversion once you’ve decided the framework and final interior dimensions. The first step is to determine the
space’s functioning. Determine the floor plan’s layout, including stud walls, elevated sections, and the placement of any cabinets or big
Consider how the area will be used and how activities will flow through it at this point. A self-contained apartment, for example, would
prioritise space planning, and split floors may be an essential feature if the height is available. Workshops and studios, on the other hand,
may focus on light, whether natural or artificial.
Heating, plumbing, and electrical systems should all be planned ahead of time.
Utility services must support the functioning of the new area, so carefully arrange your heating, lighting, and electrics. To conserve wall
space, you might opt for underfloor heating, or you could upgrade the current central heating system (but be sure an engineer calculates
the BTU requirements and capability of the existing boiler). If you’re going to put in a sink, toilet, or shower, make sure you have enough
hot and cold water. When it comes to lighting and electrics, it’s best to plan ahead to prevent having to instal cables, sockets, and lights
Whether the area is to be used as a studio apartment or just an extra living room, it must be able to retain heat more effectively than a
typical garage. The importance of insulation, both in terms of quality and installation, can not be overstated. If at all feasible, check out the
different SuperQuilt multi-foil brands, which accomplish very low heat loss without taking up a lot of space. It’s critical to perform this
correctly since even the tiniest crack in the system may cause ‘cold bridging,’ which reduces efficiency and can lead to condensation and
Make the most of your area.
You’ll want to be clever and get the most out of the new space, especially if garages are being transformed into bedrooms, living rooms,
or kitchens ” otherwise known as high-utility zones. Consider characteristics such as foldaway or retractable. This may contain
mattresses, workstations, sliding or pocket doors, or anything else that can be hidden. Consider adding cabinets or hanging racks. Make
the most of the space above your head by suspending an additional storage solution from the ceiling using wire rope. It may be the
difference between a chaotic mess and a peaceful haven.
Make the most of the space’s height.
If you have the height and money, it’s worth it to add an additional layer of useable space, even if it requires some structural work and the
installation of a steel or two. Adding an additional layer lets you make so much more of the space, whether it’s a simple elevated bed with
a work space or living area below, or a complete mezzanine with a fully functioning room. If this isn’t feasible, make the most of available
wall space by installing cabinets and shelves.
When you’re ready to convert a garage in Glasgow then click to find out more about the conversion services offered by Luke Lloyd Builders across the west of Scotland