Have you decided to repurpose your garage into a habitable room? Garage conversions are one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to increase the amount of living space for your household. When completed by a skilled building contractor like us, your new room will increase your home’s market value but without extending its current footprint. However, these projects still represent sizeable jobs and investments, so you rightfully want peace of mind long before our builders start work at your site.
At PBS Construction West Yorkshire Ltd, we have a reputation for building and plumbing services in Wakefield and Harrogate of unmatched quality. This includes converting garages of every type and size in line with any specification. You can view our previous work page to see examples of our quality workmanship.
In this blog, we answer some of the most common questions we receive about the conversion process during the pre-build phase.
The only way we can definitively answer this question is by visiting your Wakefield home and surveying the current garage. Generally speaking, however, most of the conversions we perform as a building contractor do not need prior approval from a local authority. This is because the majority of integral conversions fall within your permitted development rights.
However, we always advise double-checking with the local authority, as there are caveats to this. For example, if you live in a conservation area, you will almost certainly need planning permission before converting.
Garage conversions consist of various building and plumbing services, the standard of which must comply with the following building regulations:
While your conversion in Wakefield or Harrogate may not need planning permission, you must still submit a full plans application or building notice to the local building control office. They will then send an officer to inspect our work at various points of the build.
The officer confirms that our work complies with the necessary standards and, when we finish all aspects of the job, issues a final certificate of completion.
We can only draw up a clear timeline for garage conversions when we have a full understanding of the project at hand. For example, what size garage do you have? How complex is the build?
If our Wakefield-based building contractors need to carry out extensive structural work to reinforce the foundations, expect the process to take considerably longer. Another key factor here is how you intend to use the converted space. If your vision includes any kind of kitchen or bathroom facilities, the additional plumbing services will make the project longer than a simpler build for, say, a playroom or home office.
As a rough guideline, we typically complete the onsite conversion of a standard garage in around 2 weeks.