Looking for garage conversion ideas to get your project up and running? Making it look like a natural part of your home, and less like a converted garage, is essential for its success, adding value to your property without having to build an extension or move house to have the space that suits your family’s needs.

A garage conversion is one of the speediest and most affordable routes to adding floor space and are usually considered a permitted development, so wont usually need planning permission unless you are in a conservation area.  We would suggest contacting your local authority if you are unsure.

A garage conversion can also increase your home’s value. Virgin Money suggests you can add around 10%-20% to your property’s value.

How will you use your garage conversion?

When converting a garage into a room, considering how you will use the space will depend not only on your needs but also on how it relates to the rest of the house. So, if your garage is connected to your living room, having a home office or a playroom is much more practical than a utility room.

Future-proofing the room is a must, too. You may be happy to kit it out as a TV den or playroom now, but could it be a useful spare room for elderly relatives later – in which case, could that affect the positioning of electrics, for example?

Whether you’re building a kitchen extension as part of a larger job and incorporating the original garage into a new space, it’s the ideal opportunity to create another room using space you already have.

In most cases, the top of the garage door is lower in height than other doors and windows on the ground floor of your property. You should consider whether you will be able to match the brickwork or think about cladding using HardiePlank which is low maintenance, weather proof and available in a range of 21 colours, either in a cedar effect or smooth finish and creates a fresh, modern and clean look.

A simple garage has more potential than you can ever imagine. With a little effort and imagination, you can turn a cold and sober place in a welcoming and peaceful area. The final result depends on your wishes but the options are endless.

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