If you have a garage built more than eight years ago, you may find parking your car will either be a tight squeeze or not possible at all. That is because garages built then were designed too small to accommodate the cars we drive today, therefore many households use their garages as storage for household goods rather than parking. A garage conversion is a very simple and cost effective solution for creating extra living space such as a playroom for the children or an extrabedroom. If you are unsure what permission is required and how the garage conversion will work, contact us to arrange a consultation visit at your property where we will be happy to see whether our services can help.
Our consultation visit is a friendly chat to discuss your thoughts and ideas about the garage conversion in relation to the existing property. We will listen and take notes so we can clearly understand your requirements and discuss in detail the processes involved to gain the necessary permissions and answer any questions you may have. After every consultation, you will receive a fee letter that outlines our services which include the design stages involved, timescales and fees so you are clear from the outset what is required in order to achieve a garage conversion.
In order to design the garage conversion, we first need to gather measurements of the existing property in the form of a measured building survey. A measured building survey usually takes a couple of hours and will involve taking measurements of the existing house to enable us to produce drawings. Once the drawings are produced, we are able to produce feasibility sketch illustrations of how the garage conversion can be best developed.
We will prepare some indicative proposals to establish how the garage conversion could be best developed, so you can review the drawings and pass comment. Our drawings will include floor plans, elevations and site plan, so you can clearly understand the design proposed from discussing your requirements. If any changes are required to the proposal, we would be happy to oblige until you are satisfied with the final design. Once the design of the garage conversion is finalised, we can then submit the scheme as a certificate of lawfulness application on your behalf to the council.
Submitting a certificate of lawfulness application to the council is a very complicated process but we will be glad to help. We will submit scaled drawings along with the correct paperwork and ordnance survey map so the certificate of lawfulness application can be processed efficiently without delay. Once the certificate of lawfulness is paid for, it will be processed and the council will offer a date when a certificate will be available. It is normally eight week for the council to determine the works fall under permitted development, so you can sit back and relax while we liaise with the council and update you of it's progress until a decision is made.
We offer a wide range of home design and architectural services for your garage conversion after successfully obtaining planning permission, these include building regulation and detailed construction drawings, working with a structural engineer, gaining quotes from builders or visualising the interior with a 3D model rendering. Everything you need to make your bedroom extension a reality.