Are you one of the many people now working from home more often? Or is your growing family eating up the last of your property’s available space? Whatever your own personal circumstances, you can rely on Cole & Co. to create a new room tailored to any need.
Our garage conversions unlock your home’s true potential while improving your household’s quality of life. If you own a rental property, converting your garage into an extra bedroom also increases your monthly rental yield.
As a Loughborough-based building contractor, we cover locations in and around Leicestershire. We have direct access to all local areas, including Coalville, Hathern, Quorn, Rothley, Swithland and Woodhouse Eaves, to name a few.
Why Convert Your Garage?
Did you know that, according to figures from the RAC Foundation, only 9% of UK households park a car in a garage overnight? This means that many garages across the country become messy storage spaces for gardening equipment, tools, ladders, bikes and an array of other junk.
A garage conversion allows you to make more effective use of this space. In addition to the practical advantages, garage conversions will also increase your home’s resale value.
As a time-served building contractor, Cole & Co. can turn any concept you have into a reality. The most popular uses for converted garages include:
Whether you are still finalising your ideas or have a clear vision for the room you want to create, call us on 07706 400 066 to schedule an initial consultation.
What Permissions and Regulations Apply?
Most garage conversions comply with your permitted development rights. If this is the case, it means you don’t need to secure planning permission from your local authority before our building contractors get to work.
However, your conversion involves what is classed as a ‘change of use’. This means our finished work must have Building Regulations approval before gaining a final sign-off. The process involves notifying your local council via the submission of a building notice or full plans application. Cole & Co. can do this on your behalf, if required.
During your conversion, we will install a fully functional electric system. This requires testing to ensure optimal safety. Other aspects of your new room that must meet specified standards include the heating, insulation, ventilation, structural integrity, plumbing, fireproofing and damp proofing.
Like any reputable building contractor, we arrange for Building Control inspections at the required points of the conversion. You can rest assured, all our garage conversions gain the necessary sign-offs as well as a certificate of completion.
What Happens During a Conversion?
As much as 95% of the physical conversion work takes place inside your garage, so you can expect minimal disruption to your daily life. We only need to enter your home toward the end of your conversion when creating the opening from the original house to the new space.
Garage conversions optimise an existing structure. The process typically takes around 2 weeks – not including the planning and design stage.
From Loughborough to Coalville, Cole & Co. also operates as a house extensions specialist in Leicestershire.