A garage conversion is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to add a little bit of extra value to your home, as well as gain an extra room. It is much less hassle than applying for planning permission for an extension and much less work as well. If you’re thinking about opting for a garage conversion rather than an extension, check out this how to guide!
Preparing for your project
First things first, as a general rule you do not require planning permission to convert your garage into additional living space for your home, so long as the work is internal and the building won’t be enlarged.
Start by giving your garage a good clear out. Removing any clutter will allow you to see exactly what space you have to work with. Then you can get on with designing a floor plan for your bedroom. Decide where the main features of the bedroom, the bed, the wardrobe etc, will go. Be sure to measure the space and your furniture accurately, triple checking all measurements. Consider whether or not you want to keep the original garage door. Some homeowners choose to update it, meaning that future buyers will have the option of using the space as a garage.
After this, consider calling out a roofer in Gateshead to perform an inspection on the garage roof, confirming it is water tight and has no damage. The first steps that need to be taken as part of the conversion, after it has been confirmed that no work is needed on the roof, is to install insulation and heating measures, as well as installing electrics and plumbing. In terms of bathroom arrangements, if your garage shares a wall with an existing bathroom, consider just adding a door to the wall.
The main event
When converting a garage, it is best to work from the outside in. Consider starting with the floor, as you will need to choose a material that matches both the aesthetic of your new room and the functional needs. Carpet or rugs are generally the best choice against a cold garage floor. You may also need to consider installing interior walls that will meet building regulations.
Next comes the most exciting part! Choosing your colour scheme and all of your decor. Be sure to paint your new room before placing any furniture, to be sure you don’t ruin any new items with wet paint. After the paint has dried, it’s time to bring your new room to life. Add all of your personal touches and fill the room with your character.
Bear in mind that your bed should only be placed along an outside wall if the wall has been insulated and electricity outlets are commonly placed alongside interior walls. These things should be considered when designing the layout of your bedroom.
The only steps to take once you have moved into your new room, is to enjoy it. And maybe argue over who gets this amazing, brand new space.
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