Garage Conversions

Garage Conversions and Extensions in Sussex


If you have a mortgage, you are paying for every room in your house, including that cold, unused garage. If you no longer have a car, your car doesn’t fit in the garage (all too common) or you have alternative off-street parking nearby, consider converting your garage into a warm, functional part of your home.


The options are practically endless for how you can use your former garage space. For example, you could create an annex for an elderly relative or teenager; an extra bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, diner or living room; a utility room; a home office, art studio or study; a nursery or play room; a gym or even a home cinema!


Some homeowners opt for a part-conversion, integrating a proportion of their garage space into the rest of the house while keeping the rest for storing bicycles, sports equipment, tools and garden machinery.





Another exciting factor about simple garage conversions is that they can often be completed in under a month, although this timeframe will obviously increase with the complexity of the project.




Most garage conversions have Permitted Development rights intact, meaning you do not need planning permission, but this can vary depending on your location. Some Local Authorities have removed PD rights to protect off-road parking, so you should always check with your local planning office first. If you do need planning permission for a garage conversion, the application fee is often waived or reduced.


Most garage conversions will require Building Regulations approval. Even in the rare cases when approval is not needed (e.g. if you have a very small, detached garage), it is a wise idea to get a Completion Certificate anyway; if you sell the house, the purchaser’s solicitor will ask to see a certificate for all building work you have undertaken.




Building Regulations approval will take into account various aspects of the build, including:


  • Foundations
  • Sub-structure (if applicable)
  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Electricity
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Drainage




Before choosing a builder to carry out the garage conversion work, consider the following:




Garages are often long and thin, creating awkward shapes for an internal room. Consider adding a WC to your annex or a shower to your home gym to improve the proportions.


Pipes, drains and wires


Think about where you would like to route pipes, drains and wires. This can make a big difference to the final outcome of your garage conversion.


Interior design


A big part of accepting your garage as part of your home is ensuring a consistent design. Think about the paint, fixtures and fittings you will need.


Extra features


Do you want an extra window on the side? How about a facade to the wall? These extra touches will push the costs and timeframe up, but will leave you with a garage conversion you can really be proud of.


House value


You might assume that a garage conversion will push the price of your home up, but this may depend on factors such as the type of room you are creating and the demand for parking in your area. The best person to speak to for advice will be your local estate agent.


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