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Converting your garage space

18th Feb '16 • By Emily Ayers

An increasing number of homeowners are choosing to renovate their garages into additional rooms to increase the total liveable space within their homes. Renovating your garage into an additional room is usually an irreversible decision, so it is important to think things through before making the leap. However, the results can be impressive and can increase the overall value of your home if you get it right.

If you feel your garage space could be converted into a room, there are a few issues you need to consider first.

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An increasing number of homeowners are choosing to renovate their garages into additional rooms to increase the total liveable space within their homes. Renovating your garage into an additional room is usually an irreversible decision, so it is important to think things through before making the leap. However, the results can be impressive and can increase the overall value of your home if you get it right.

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Plan Your Space

You need to think about how you are going to convert your garage and to visualise how you will use the space once you have completed the conversion. Garage space is commonly converted into an extra bedroom or a utility room. Depending on how you want your space to look, you may need to think about different types of construction and involving tradesmen to make your vision a reality. Appropriate planning early on helps prevent problems later down the line.

Pricing Up Your Project

Converting your garage into a usable room is not an easy task. Even if you intend to do the labouring yourself, the cost of materials, architects and potential permissions from your local council add up. It is important to weigh up the costs and benefits before deciding to get started. There are several factors that must be considered in order to gain an understanding of the price involved in converting a garage. Waste, delays and budget overspends are all factors that need to be considered. This will help keep you within the right ball park when it comes time to start paying these bills.

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Opportunity Cost Considerations

Before converting your garage permanently, you need to think about the opportunity cost – i.e. the costs of not having a garage. This could mean you need to seek alternative parking or that your home might lose value as a result. These factors all need to be considered before deciding to build or renovate.

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