Types of garage

A garage conversion can be the ideal solution if you require more living space. When a conversion is done correctly, it can be a very cost-effective and practical way to convert unused space into an additional room. However, before you commence with your conversion plans, you will need to identify the kind of garage that you have i.e. single, detached, double, tandem etc. and assess its suitability for conversion.

Failure to do so can result in a number of problems in the future. In a worst case scenario, you may even be asked to reverse all of the work that was completed during a convesion i.e. if you did not check any applicable building regulations or did not obtain the correct planning permission required for the work. If this happens, you will have to restore the garage back to its original state – and you will be expected to pay for any work required to do this.

Different types of garage

  • Single garage – A standard-sized single garage can add approximately 150 square feet of additional floor space to your home. Single garages are ideal for small rooms such as bathrooms, playrooms, home offices, utility rooms and single bedrooms. If your garage is attached to the house, it can also be used as an extension to another room i.e. the kitchen.
  • Double garage – If you have a double garage, you have the option to convert the entire space, or a partial area, leaving room for storage or keeping half as a traditional garage. If you decide to convert the whole space you can expect to add around 300 square feet to your home with a double garage conversion.
  • Tandem garage - As per a double garage, a tandem garage provides you with the option to convert the entire space, or a partial area. Many people prefer to retain a section of the garage for the storage of tools and larger objects i.e. lawnmowers and exercise equipment.
  • Detached garage – If you have a detached garage, you will need to check any applicable legalities before you commence with any work. For example; you may need to make an application for planning permission to change its intended usage.

Generally speaking, the majority of garages can be converted - although this will obviously depend on the present state and condition of the building. If you have an older garage and are not sure as to whether or not it is structurally sound – it can be a good idea to seek advice from a professional before you consider renovating it.

You may even find that it will cost more to fix major structural issues i.e. wall re-builds or re-roofing than it would to purchase a brand new garage. As the majority of people choose garage conversions as a cost-effective way of creating additional living space, major building works can simply add to the cost of a project. Also check any legalities before you commence with conversion work. We provide more information about clauses, building regulations and planning permission in our other articles.

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