The housing market is draped in uncertainty at the moment. The economy is fragile, we’re still uncertain about what Brexit will truly mean for the UK, and people are more reluctant to buy as a result. At the same time, many people are short on the funds needed for an extension to their home – which means they are left with less space than they need. However, converting your garage could be the perfect way to get extra space without the expense.
It Boosts the Value of Your Home
Interestingly, a garage conversion can add an impressive 10% to the value of your home. This is because they are such a versatile form of conversion. They can open up an existing room, add another bedroom or an office, or even be turned into a self-contained annexe.
The potentials are endless, and potential buyers tend to value additional space over a covered area to park their car. The most important thing to remember when you are looking to add value is that the conversion must be done well so that you can benefit from as much added value as possible.
Little to No Planning Permission Required
The big bonus is that most conversions will not require planning permission because they are internal developments. This saves you a whole load of time and effort on applications and potential appeals, so you can get to work straight away. However, it should be noted that you will need to look into planning permission if you are in a listed building, a conservation area, or your garage is detached from the main house.
It Gives You More Living Space
The extra space is, arguably, the most important part. Being able to transform your garage into a new living area eliminates the need to move, and it could even be turned into a little maisonette for family members that are looking to move in. The fact that it is usually quite easy to install gas and water in your garage also makes the process a lot easier.
You can create a space that will allow you to work comfortably from home, or even a downstairs guest room for when friends come over to stay. You can even add an additional floor to the garage to create more room, potentially adding a lot of space and functionality to your home. Adding an extra floor can also leave the lower ground open for storage if that’s the kind of space you need.
Keep Your Natural Light
At the same time, you don’t need to risk losing any of your natural sunlight because you can use walls that already exist and don’t need to block any windows up. It also gives you the opportunity to create new windows that will brighten up your home and bring some more life to the room.
This is especially true for the front of the garage which can be transformed into a large glass window that will allow natural light to soak in as well as provide a visually appealing aesthetic. This makes it the perfect space for cosying up on a cold winter’s afternoon or allowing the summer sun to warm you on lazy days.
They are Quick to Construct
Garage conversions are one of the fastest you will find, and it helps that the walls, roof, and foundations are already in place. As a result of this relatively easy work, they are also one of the most inexpensive ways to improve your home and give you more space to relax. It’s a flexible form of construction as well because the space can be changed and moved around as much as you like.
You may decide that it is an open part of your current layout now, and then decide to make it self-contained later. The relative simplicity of the space means that this kind of versatility is possible. Even if you decide on a two-storey conversion as opposed to a single, the price remains quite affordable. No matter what you want the conversion for, it won’t have too much of an impact on your bank.
Smaller Margin for Error
The thing with converting your garage is that it is different from your standard extension. There is less work involved in that it is primarily an internal job, which means there is a smaller margin for error when the job is being carried out. You have more control over the process, and it also means that if anything does go wrong it should still be quite quick to rectify.
Your Council Tax Remained Unchanged
One of the big worries, when you extend or renovate a home, is that there will be changes to your council tax. The great news about a loft conversion or garage conversion is that it won’t have any impact on the amount of council tax you pay. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect to see a monthly increase.
This is also something that your future buyers will be interested in should you decide to sell your home. After all, many buyers prefer to spend as little council tax as possible even in more affluent areas.
Examples of Converted Spaces
One of the big questions is what you can use your converted space for, and we have already touched on a few examples. Here are some common examples of what converted spaces are used for (both residential and commercial):
- Extra bedroom
- Kitchen extension
- Living area
- Dining Room
- Home office
- Granny Annex
- Pet grooming room
- Hair studio
- Recording studio
- Massage and Treatments room
- Utility Rooms
As you can see, the options are pretty versatile, which allows for some great home and work options after you have finished the work.
If you’re searching for garage conversions in Scunthorpe, Brigg, and Grimsby, there’s no need to look any further. We are here to help you create the ideal living space and transform your garage into something incredible. With so many possibilities, why waste the space on your car when you could be using it as an office, a living room, or even an area that’s just for you? Get in touch today and see how we can help you achieve your living dreams.