Garage conversions are a good way to add more floor area and likely value to your home. Many garages are not used as purposeful spaces, therefore a garage conversion can be a way to reclaim space and put it to more efficient use. Garage conversions can add living or utility rooms, a bedroom, home office or bathroom, or extend a kitchen. Most garage conversions do not need planning permission so long as you don’t intend on increasing the dimensions of your home, but when thinking about a garage conversion it is critical to discuss with your Local Authority, as some limitations can apply, for example on the number of off-road parking spaces within an area. The garage conversion will also need to adhere to building regulations on drainage, insulation, damp proofing, amongst other things.
When undertaking your garage conversion, have a structural survey done on the pre-existing garage in order to verify the amount of work that will need to be done. This will determine the best way to perform the conversion. The walls of your existing garage will typically need improving from a single skin design to a cavity wall. Flooring will in most cases need raising to meet the level of your home. Roofs will need either upgrading or completely altering to a tiled pitch roof style. The existing garage door will generally be infilled with a new brick wall and have a window installed. The new room will need insulating to the standard of habitable rooms.
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The county of Devon, or Devonshire, is found in England’s south west, bordering the southern coast of the country. Having a total population in excess of 1.1 million it’s the fourteenth most populated region in Britain however boasts a small density of only 440 people per square mile. Devon is made up of ten major areas including Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay. For the home improvements you desire to carry out, be sure to make use of vetted and reputable industry professionals in the area to guarantee good quality.