Cost of Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom
All you need to know about converting your garage into a bedroom along with the costs and tasks that come with it.
Cost of Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom
Things to Consider When Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom
Converting a garage shouldn’t be too much of a headache, especially compared to other conversions such as a basement or a loft, or even an extension. the conversion of your garage into a bedroom should be a rather cost effective and relatively stress free project.
Planning permission shouldn’t really be needed for a project like this, as it should come under permitted development. However, you will need to inform your local building regulations authority of the work you plan to carry out. As you will likely be changing the garage door and filling in with matching brickwork – you may want to add some windows or a door. This will need permission as any new windows or glazed doors will need to be certified under building regulations. You can either apply for this certification, or a registered window specialist will be able to self-certify. This is why, along with the handling of utilities, you may want to hire a trained specialist to carry out this job for you.
Some costs you will need to be aware will include design fees if you were to hire a structural engineer. On top of your fees for the conversion, expect to pay in the region of £400 pounds for consultation. An architect will cost you at least £1,000 for design, although this would probably be unnecessary for your project.
You will also need to factor in costs for different stages of the project, and may need to hire more than one specialist. A builder will be suitable to perform all round structural and foundation work, as well as the flooring. However, you may need to source electricians and windows fitting specialists.
Doing it Yourself
Converting your garage into a bedroom is a project that many experienced and confident DIYers would gladly tackle. If your garage is of high quality build already and doesn’t need any repairs, then most of the hard work is already complete. However, we would recommend hiring a specialist to carry out some parts of the job, such as any foundation, which will need to be done when replacing the garage door, or installing new windows or doors, and anything to do with utilities.
What you will need to do first is plan the design and layout of your converted room. You will need to completely clear out the garage, and strip out the main structure, so that you can clearly gauge what kind of space you will be working, and this should give you ideas on design and layout, as well as any possible problems. Designing your new room is probably the first thing you want to do before starting any new renovations. You can either do this yourself, or leave it to your hired specialist tradesman, or even hire an architect. Inspecting and assessing the existing foundations and walls is important, as this will give you or the tradesman an idea of the scale of work that will be needed for the job. Most modern homes with a garage should have existing solid foundations that won’t need much or any work doing.
The floor will likely be made of concrete and you may think it will still be solid enough to leave as is. However, the likelihood is that some work will need to be done to the flooring, such as leveling out, ensuring it is damp proof by laying down a membrane, and ensuring there is sufficient insulation. The same can be said for the walls and ceiling. These will also have to be looked at to ensure that it is fully suitable for living conditions. If you have an attached garage, i.e part of the main building, then the walls and ceiling shouldn’t be an issue as they should be up to the same standards as the rest of the house. You will also have to check utilities, which would mainly involve electricity and heating for a bedroom. Most integrated garages already have electricity fed into the room, so that shouldn’t be a problem and will save you on extra costs.
A lot of the steps listed here can be quite a challenge for even some of the most experienced DIY enthusiasts. That’s why we would recommend hiring a specialist, to carry out the bulk of the job, such as foundation and insulation work, flooring, windows and utilities. If anything were to wrong with these, then the project will end up costing you a lot more than you had planned.
Checklist for Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom
- Check foundations and structural quality of your garage before starting any work.
- Weigh up costs of different jobs that will need doing to fully convert your garage, such as flooring, windows and utilities.
- Be sure to apply for any planning permissions, or at least check with your local authority if any is needed.
- A garage conversion is a cheap alternative to an extension, but be sure you are comfortable with the loss of space for your vehicles
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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