Looking to make the most of that wasted space in your garage? Fancy creating your dream kitchen, office, home gym or cinema room? One of the most cost-effective ways of ‘extending’ your property, especially if acquiring planning permission is not necessary, is converting a garage for that extra bit of living space, which could also help increase the value of your home by up to 20 percent!
According to Admiral, research has found that 45% of people in the UK never park their car in their garage. Interestingly, nearly half of the people surveyed wouldn’t purchase a house without a garage. But what is this space actually being used for if not for parking?
64% of people use their garage to store gardening tools, which could actually be stored in a shed at the bottom of the garden. Why not free up this valuable space to create a room you’ve always wanted? With years of industry experience, the team at Atkins Home Improvements have pulled together all the ways in which a garage conversion could add value to your property.
More Cost-effective Than An Extension
The average cost for an extension is upwards of £17,000 which far exceeds the cost of a garage conversion, depending upon your exact requirements. Garage conversions are the obvious choice when it comes to cost-effectively making changes to your home because the foundations and walls are already built, providing your project with the bare bones for development.
With the structure already in place and most of the work being made internally, the time it takes to complete a garage conversion will be far less than an extension. Another thing to note is that many garage conversions do not require planning permission.
Research undertaken by Admiral Loans determined that each square foot of your garage space equates to an average of £350. This means that with the standard size of a single garage in the UK being around 128 square feet, converting a garage for additional space could add an extra £45,000 to the value of a property.
Garage Conversion Ideas
There are a number of ways to create the perfect space to complement your home. When converting a garage, it’s essential to consider how you plan to use the space to ensure that it is fitted to suit your needs. It’s also important to consider the layout of your home, and what room will be adjoined to this new space. Here are a few of our favourite garage conversion ideas.
A New Kitchen
If your garage is attached to your kitchen, why not consider knocking through to create a larger space for hosting, complete with beautiful cabinetry and a central island? You could even create a snug or sitting area to provide a more modern, open-plan feel to your space, allowing you to spend more time as a family unit. Another option would be to create a kitchen-dining area.
A Utility Room
Let’s face it, washing machines and tumble dryers are not the prettiest things to look at. To section off the less attractive but more practical aspects of your home, consider converting this space into a utility room, complete with worktops for washing products and baskets. This would also provide extra storage space and could even double as a cloakroom.
A Home Office
If you’re looking to create a space where you can close yourself off from the busy day-to-day household runnings, get your head down and focus on work, then creating a home office would be the perfect option for your garage conversion.
A garage is one of the best opportunities to build your very own home gym. As the floor is used to taking the weight of a car, this means that the installation of heavy gym equipment won’t be an issue. Strong, sturdy walls are also suitable for any equipment that needs to be fitted to the wall or the storage of weights.
An Extra Bedroom
Depending on the layout of your home, converting a garage into an extra bedroom is great for when guests come to stay, for the arrival of a new member of the family or even a rental opportunity. If you’re looking to create a space with a dual or multi functionality, swap a bed for a pull-out sofa bed and use the extra space for a desk or gym equipment.
A Cinema Room
As many garages don’t have windows, this is the perfect opportunity to create a room that doesn’t need any. Your garage conversion doesn’t have to be practical, a cinema adds a little bit of extra luxury to your home and allows you to escape for a few hours. Great for movie nights with friends and family.
Looking to keep all the colorful toys, noisy instruments and arts and crafts in one place and out of the way? Why not create a room solely for the little monsters to run around in and enjoy being kids? A garage that is situated next to the kitchen or living space would be the perfect option for families to create a playroom. This allows your living room to be free of clutter and function as more of an ‘adult space’.
The Benefits Of Converting Your Garage
- You won’t have to sacrifice your garden or any exterior space
- Planning permission is not always needed, especially if the garage is attached to your house, saving you a cost of around £200 and the hassle of having it approved
- Disruption will be minimal as most of the work is completed inside the space
- The structure is already built, meaning that building costs will be minimal
How Can Atkins Home Improvements Help You?
In order to ensure that your garage conversion actually adds value to your property, it is essential to hire a contractor who will create a fully-functional and well-fitted space, with a high-quality finish, otherwise, you may run the risk of devaluing your house.
At Atkins Home Improvements, our expert team have converted numerous garages into a variety of different spaces. For more information or advice on how to transform your garage and add more value to your property or to request your free no-obligation quote, please get in touch by calling 01908 597933 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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