There are four common types of conversions available, all of which will depend on the type of garage you own. Once we have arranged an appointment to visit your property we can discuss the various options that will enable you to get the most out of your garage conversion.
Full Integral single garage conversion
An integral garage is one that has been attached to the main property and is built within one of the main walls, featuring an ‘integral door’ that provides access from one area of the house (typically the kitchen) out into the garage.
This is one of the most common types of conversion as it is also one of the cheapest to complete. In many cases no planning permission is required. As an estimate, a full integral single garage conversion could add anywhere up to 150 square feet to the living space of your home.
Many homeowners convert a full single garage into rooms such as home offices, kitchen extensions, additional bathrooms, playrooms and utility rooms.
Double integral garage conversion
Similar to an integral single garage, a double garage is simply twice the size while still physically attached to the main area of the property. The main difference is the amount of work required to complete the project and with extra space available it enables homeowners to be more creative to make full use of the space.
A double integral garage can also be partially converted to allow room for storage space, which means car owners may still be able to park inside the garage while using the remaining half for the conversion.
We would estimate that a full double integral garage conversion could add anywhere up to 300 square feet to your property which would also allow you to maximise the full value of your property space.
Part Integral garage conversion
This is a great option for homeowners who are working to a tight budget and/or wish to retain part of the garage space for storage purposes. It is a popular choice because of the low costs involved and the minimum amount of disruption it causes to day-to-day life.
No planning permission is usually required or this style of conversion which means it can be completed in a relatively short space of time. For families who need to store away old clothes, toys and other items, or need a place to park their motorcycle or bicycle, a part garage conversion keeps their belongings safe and secure.
A common design is to keep the existing garage door in place, while converting the rear end of the garage into a new living space, separating the two using a dividing partition wall.
Detached garage conversions
Single or double detached garages are separate from the main property and standalone either next to, or in front or behind the house. This will usually mean more work is required with regards to insulation and planning permission may be required for this type of conversion.
If located near enough to the main property it may be possible to create a direct link between the two which will allow easier access instead of using an external entrance. This will be very much dependent on what the garage is being converted into and the regularity of use.
While single detached garage conversions are typically easier to plan and build, a double detached garage conversion will take more consideration and time to build to transform it into the ideal living space for you and your family.