Converting your garage into a living space is a great way to add extra space to your home and make the most of your property. Whether you have a small garage or a single-car space, there are endless possibilities for creating a functional and stylish new room.
Ideas for converting a Single-Car Garage
Many homes in the UK come with a single-car garage that might have been considered roomy back in the 1930’s or even the 1990’s, but which is now far too small for much larger modern cars. So, it may be time to consider how to make best use of the existing bricks and mortar by converting it into a functional and stylish living space. Here are a few ideas:
- Create a home office or studio for your creative pursuits.
- Turn it into a bedroom for guests or teenage children.
- Convert it into a playroom for your children or grandchildren.
- Add a practical laundry room, utility, boot room or shower.
- Build a home gym or yoga studio.
- Set up a home cinema or games room.
Calculating the Costs
The cost of converting your garage into a living space will vary depending on the size and condition of your garage, the materials you use, and the complexity of the work. However, it is generally more affordable than building an entirely new addition to your home.
To get an accurate estimate, it is important to get quotes from several contractors. When you’re comparing quotes, make sure you ask about:
- The materials that will be used
- The labour costs
- Whether the price includes VAT
- The estimated completion date
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Making the Most of Limited Space
Small garage spaces can be surprisingly versatile, but with a little creativity, you can transform them into a useful home office, guest bedroom, gym, or even a playroom. Here are a few tips for making the most of limited space in your garage conversion:
- Use space-saving furniture that has more than one use like sofa beds that can turn your space into a bedroom at night, or banquette seating that has storage under the seat.
- Look above you for storage space and go for wall-mounted shelves and cabinets. This will help keep clutter at bay and make the room feel more spacious.
- Choose light colours for the walls and flooring to create the illusion of space.
- Use natural light whenever possible by installing skylights or large windows.
Things to Bear in Mind
Before you think about getting started with your garage conversion project (read more about that below) take some time to consider the following:
- Building regulations: Check with your local authority to ensure that your plans comply with building regulations.
- Planning permission: In some cases, you may need to obtain planning permission for your garage conversion – our beginner's guide to planning permission may be useful.
- Structural considerations: If your garage is attached to your house, walls and new openings may need extra support. Speak to a structural engineer or architect for advice.
- Insulation: Make sure the space is well-insulated to maintain a comfortable temperature year-round and save money on heating your home.
- Light: Bring light in with windows and skylights, as well as artificial lighting.
- Budget: It is important to set a realistic budget for your garage conversion and stick to it. For some pointers, take a look at our guide to keeping down the cost of extending your home.
Get Started with Your Garage Conversion
Converting your garage into a living space is a big project, but it can be a rewarding one. If you’re ready to get going, take a look at our ultimate guide to garage conversions for more information.
Here are some additional tips for a successful garage conversion:
- Hire a quality builder with experience of garage conversions. The FMB’s Find a Builder search tool is a great place to start.
- Get everything in writing, including the scope of work, the materials that will be used, and the timeline for completion.
- Be prepared to make changes to your plans as needed.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions.
With careful planning and execution, you can transform your garage into a beautiful and functional addition to your home.
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