Is the conversion straight forward?
Yes is the simple answer, for a good builder, or someone competent at DIY and willing to get stuck in, surprisingly simple! Garages are often nothing more than storage for all that ‘good stuff’ people tend to keep, simply because they have the space to do so! Having plans to convert the garage into habitable living space is, compared to moving house, or building an extension, a very cost effective way of gaining additional space in your home. Brick up the garage door and install a window, add a floor, plaster the walls and ceiling, add a door from the house, install insulation and that’s the basics ready to go.
What can I do with the new space?
Popular options for the plans include an additional reception room, such as a study, bedroom, playroom or a combination of these. For example a sofa bed in a playroom makes a great occasional use guest bedroom. An increasingly common way to convert a garage is to have a utility room, if this can’t be attached to the kitchen it might be called a laundry room, it still achieves the same result of getting appliances out of the kitchen, whilst also creating good storage space. As well as the utility room, a WC and reception room is often achievable. Sometimes storage is required for things like pushbikes and wheelie bins, this can still be achieved by having a storage area at the front, accessed by a garage door.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Sometimes, is the not so helpful answer! There are several different ways to seek approval from the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for a garage conversion. Applying for planning permission is an obvious one, there are also options around the properties permitted development rights, such as a Certificate Of Lawfulness, or even a combination of these. Whatever type of planning application is required, we will discuss the options with you in full and advise of any risks before going ahead, often we can assure you approval will be forthcoming.
“I would say your drawings were really good and what I liked is you listened to what we were asking for but had the patience and skill to understand what wouldn’t work from a planning perspective. You were friendly, courteous and efficient and kept us informed as to what happens which is really important.”
Alan & Joe Castle, Paddock Wood, Kent.
“I would highly recommend KCR Design as Keith was very friendly but professional from the start. The drawings he done we really good and made the best of the space in our house. We were over the moon with the outcome and love our new extension”
Sarah & Dominic Farrugia, Gravesend, Kent.
“I would not hesitate to recommend Keith Rogers from KCR Design. Keith is a talented architect who dealt with the whole process of drawing up plans for our ground floor extension expertly and without fuss. He also saw us through the various stages involved with gaining planning permission and even recommended a reliable local builder who finished the work to a high standard. I would not hesitate to use Keith again.”
Gill & Alan Greenwood, Borough Green, Kent.
“We choose KCR Design because we were impressed by their previous work. Initial plans were drawn up very quickly and we were led through the planning process, being given invaluable advice along the way. The same was true of the Building Regulations. Even when we wanted to change things on the drawings, nothing was too much trouble.”
David Johnston, Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent.
“We were very impressed with Keith’s straightforward honesty, right from the outset he always kept us informed. The extension we wanted was difficult because our house is built on a slope, but planning was taken care of and a specification passed building control. We found the whole process of getting planning permission to be painless and would not hesitate to recommend Keith’s services.”
Mr & Mrs Green, Meopham, Kent.
“We just wanted to say a big “thank-you” for the wonderful job you did on our first floor extension. We wouldn’t hesitate to use you again and recommend you to our friends.”
Jonathan and Debbie Hawkins, Erith, Kent.
“Just to let you know we have found a builder, I would like to thank you for all your assistance. Pop in for a coffee in 3 months’ time if your passing to see the end result.”
Kevin & Ruth Sturla, Gillingham, Kent.
“We would like to thank you for the wonderful services you provided for our new extension. We have no hesitation in recommending you.”
David and Jackie Ferguson, Gillingham, Kent.