A garage conversion is a great way to add value to your home as well as space. There is a growing trend for people to convert their garages into additional living space because it’s cheaper to do this than build a new structure from scratch.
Most people use their garage for storage rather than their car. Does this sound like you? If it does, and you’re hankering after an extra bedroom or place to entertain guests, it sounds like it might be worth investigating converting your garage.
What’s more, a garage conversion can add value to your home, so read on to find out the benefits of converting your garage and how much value you can add to your property.
What can you use your garage conversion for?
Garage conversions are versatile spaces that can be used for a wide range of purposes. You might even find that a garage conversion is better than an extension to the back of your home.
A study is a great use for garage conversions. Whether it’s for you or a child that wants to do their homework outside of their bedroom, a garage conversion is a good space for a study as it’s often set slightly away from the rest of the rooms in the house.
Most people like their dining room to be within their kitchen in an open plan style. But you could knock a wall through to your garage to create one large kitchen diner, which will add huge amounts of value to your home since it’s so sought-after.
A converted garage is an excellent place for an extra bedroom, especially for an older child or perhaps an elderly relative that might find it difficult to get up the stairs. You could even turn it into an annexe with its own ensuite.
Some things to consider
Sometimes a garage conversion might not be cost-effective. If the garage is not attached to the house and some distance away, it’s probably not worth it unless it’s big enough and far away enough to turn into a self-contained studio flat.
Another issue to consider is parking. If your home won’t have room to park two cars at least very near to your home, it’s worth keeping the garage. On-road parking that could mean you don’t even get to park on your own street can bring the value of a property right down.
You won’t need planning permission
In most cases, you can convert your garage without any problems with planning regulations. Always check with your local authority first, but unless the original plans restricted what the garage could be used for, you should be able to convert your garage without applying for planning permission.
You shouldn’t be able to tell the room used to be a garage
If you want your garage conversion to look like it has always been part of the house, it should be accessed off the main hall and have follow through floor levels. It’s also a good idea to move any utility meters you have in the garage so they don’t hark back to its earlier days.
How much does a garage conversion cost?
If you want a high-quality garage conversion that doesn’t show the tell-tale signs that it used to house your car, it could set you back anywhere between £12-20,000. You might be able to get a cheaper deal, but be wary that the finish might not be as good.
So how much value will a garage conversion add to your home?
You’re looking at about £10,000+ added value. And that could increase if your conversion is done to a high standard and makes use of the space properly.
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