Garage conversions

Probuilder can convert your garage into a living area, home cinema, an extra bedroom, a home office and anything in between. We can follow specifications from architectural drawing or can as we go. Whether the garage be attached to your property or is a stand alone out building we can create the warm, bright, spacious area that you desire. Probuilder has transformed numerous garages into all manner of spaces for different purposes and in unique circumstances.

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Building Control / Plans

More often than not your garage conversion is going to need building control notification. This is carried out by an independent surveyor contracted from the local authority or another local business offering building notifications as a service. The cost of this varies but is normally £200 - £300.  The garage conversion doesn't necessarily require a plan but it is recommended that one is submitted to the building controller even if its not to scale and drafted by hand.

Uses for your garage conversion

Your garage conversion can be used as a stand alone room or, if your garage is connected to your house then it maybe a better decision to knock the walls through and create a bigger floor areas. Some clients want to use their new space as a home office or child play area. In these instances its usually better add sound proofing.

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Your garage can be converted into almost any thing, from a home cinema, an extra bedroom or just to increase the floor area in the living room. Probuilder will work with the client to design the new space and then build it into reality whether its following a plan that's been drawn up by a third party or you just want to convert the garage and get it passed by building control. We have completed lots of garage conversions and generally most clients' projects follow a pattern that we've become a custom to, this allows us to complete garage conversions quickly, effectively & on budget.

How to convert a garage

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The floor in the garage will need to be raised or lowered to match that of the rest of the property. Sometimes, even though the garage floor is lower than the floor, it still needs to be broken out. This is because the floor needs to be insulated to comply with building regulations.

Once the floor has been insulated it will be covered with a concrete screed layer. A final latex based screed will be added to the concrete screed at a later date.  It isn't essential to insulate and screed the floor first but this is often overlooked if the client is unaware of building regulations and doesn't know the depth required to meet the regulations.

Blocking off the garage door

A trench footing will need to be dug (unless one already exist) and filled with concrete. Once the concrete foundation has hardened then the bricks will be placed on top. These bricks will match the rest of the property. Most of the time a window is added that is as wide as the garage door was. This allows the most amount of light into the new space while decreasing the workload allowing the project to be completed sooner.

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Knocking through walls

If you would like to extend the living area or kitchen into the garage space then removing internal walls is a great way to achieve this. A structural engineer will be used to calculate the strength requirements of any steels that are added to the property. Any knocked through walls will need the approval of the building inspector. Any steel used will need to be adequately fire proofed to comply with the regulations.

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