Garage Conversion to Living Room (Coventry and Surrounding Areas)

Converting your garage into useful living space can be a very cost effective way of creating additional room in your home. Perhaps a new play room for the children or maybe even a home office is the solution that you are looking for.
It really isn’t as simple as putting up some plasterboard and carpeting the room though. If you are going to use a garage as a living room then it must comply to all building regulations associated with an internal room. The truth is that you wouldn’t get much pleasure if you ended up working (or having the children play) in a draughty room that got cold in winter and too hot in the summer. Building regulations are there to help us and to get the most we possibly can from the buildings we inhabit all year round.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garage Conversion?

In most cases, the answer will be that you don’t need planning permission to convert your garage into a living room. There may be circumstances where planning permission is needed, for example, if you have a listed building or if a window that is put into the property will overlook neighbours properties. As always, a call or a visit to the local planning department at the council will let you know everything you need to know about the process. The building inspectors and the planning departments are there to help you and we certainly encourage you to talk to them.

Planning your garage conversion

Depending on the circumstances and the situation of the garage conversion project, drawing up a detailed structural plan may or may not be appropriate. We can help with recommending good architects that we deal with every day if the situation demands it. In some cases, detailed structural plans are not necessary; however we all need to understand and agree the scope of the work that will be quoted for so you can make a proper comparison and make an informed decision. The best way forward is to give us a call or drop us an email through the contact form and we will come over and discuss things in person and give you a free, no-obligation quote for the work that you are considering having done.

Garage Conversion from Living Room Back to Garage

Of course, it is equally possible to convert a previously converted living room back into a garage. Perhaps you actually want a garage for a workshop or a place to keep your car safe overnight. We have converted garages into living rooms and vice-versa. The key with converting back into a garage is to make sure that as much of the original living room specification is included as there may be a time when it needs to be converted back again, perhaps when it comes to selling the house for example. Please give us a call and we’ll be pleased to discuss all possible options with you and come up with a cost-effective solution.

In-fill garage door

As part of the garage conversion, it is likely that the original garage door will be infilled with a new wall and possibly a window or door. As the foundation to the existing garage is not likely to be traditional (it’s probably a shallow slab), a new foundation may be needed for the new wall. The existing foundation may be checked by digging alongside it until it’s bottom is reached.

Foundations are required to transmit the load of the building safely to the ground. Therefore, all buildings should have adequate foundations (normally concrete), which will vary from one project to another depending on the circumstances of each case.

These foundations can be cast as deep-fill (filling most of the trench) or shallow-fill (where the minimum thickness to transfer the load to the soil is provided).

There are other types of foundations that may be used if the ground conditions do not make trench fill practicable. It is advisable to contact a structural engineer or speak to building control for further advice.

Factors to be taken into account of when designing a foundation:

Type of soil

The type of soil that the foundation will sit on is important for two reasons:

It should be able to bear the weight (load) of the foundation and the extension – different soils have different load bearing capabilities.

Future Build Coventry HMO Specialists