In the average home the purpose of a garage is to house a car but many if not most of us fail to use the space for such a purpose. Our garages end up being a dumping ground for unwanted items and a place to put old paint tins and DIY tools.
While our garages remain empty our houses end up bursting with things that we simply have no use for. So why not put this space to use? As many people cant afford to move house and rarely have space to extend their home the one option that is screaming out at us is a garage conversion. If you want an extra family room, bedroom, playroom, office/study, kitchen/utility room, dining room, or even a home cinema or a gym; a garage conversion could be use the answer that you are looking for.
Any type of garage can be converted, whether it is a single or double etc and as many single garages are only 150 square feet in size the average family car will use about be able to squeeze in but opening the doors to get out would prove to be a challenge, giving you even more reason to convert your garage to a more functional space.
A garage conversion acts as the most popular aspect of home conversions. Most don’t require a form of planning permission but you should always check with your local authority before carrying out any work as there is a change you will need to abide by building regulations. A garage conversion doesn’t involve a change a use so UK building regulations will only apply if structural changes are made or if your conversion will affect the drainage of the property. An example of when you will require building approval is if you are changing the original garage doorway to place a window.