If you are looking for more space in your home, then you can consider converting your garage into a living space. This gives you more room and is an easier way to add living space to your home rather than completely expanding your home. Buying a new, larger home is much more expensive and a lot of time and effort. Likewise, adding another addition to your current home is also a very costly venture. But, converting a covered space that already exists into a new living space is the most cost effective solution that will give you more square meters to work with.
Converting your garage into a living area has many more pros than cons. First, you can add extra living space to your home for less money than you would spend in any other type of building contract. Second, if you currently have a two-car garage, then you can even choose to only convert half of the space. This will give you more room in your home as well as the benefits of still having a garage space to store your car or other types of equipment.
Also, when you choose to convert your garage, then you aren’t actually building a new building. This means that you will have less zoning laws to worry about. You also will have much cheaper costs as you won’t have to lay out added foundation or build an entirely new structure. A lot of garages already include electricity as well so you can save money on needing an electrician to rewire this space.
Costs Of A Garage Conversion
When it comes to actual costs of a garage conversion, then you’ll save a lot of money over building an addition to your home. Listed here are some of the costs that you can expect:
- Overall Costs
The overall costs for converting a garage is around £5,000 to £7,000 for the entire project. This can average to around £1,000 per square metre which is quite low for adding more space to your home. If you were to add an addition to your house then this could cost double or even triple the price of a garage conversion.
- Garage Doors
Your garage doors will be one of the most expensive portions of this conversion as you want to be sure that you have a weather-proof option that will keep the cool air inside during hot days and the hot air inside during cool days. You will need to replace your garage doors which can cost you around £1,000 to £1,1500 if you want to add a window or two as well.
It is up to you for how you want to handle the flooring. You can keep the concrete floors and add a nice rug or you can change the flooring completely. This can cost around £1,000 if you want to lay out new concrete and add carpet or a tiled floor. If you want to keep the concrete, then you can also consider pouring new concrete either way in order to even out the surface for your new room while also sealing any cracks that may be in your old flooring.
- Doors And Windows
You can factor in the window costs into the old garage door replacement. But if you want to add more windows to the other side of the garage, then this can add around £500 for each window. This is about the same cost for each door that you want to add as well.
Your walls can include new walls being built inside your space that are stud walls, which means that you need to add insulation as well in order to keep your space more weather resistant and safe. A stud wall generally costs around £600-£800 pending on the size of the space and how many walls you are insulating. Insulating and using stud walls will greatly reduce your energy costs as well.
- Utility Costs
You’ll also need to consider what utilities you need to add to this space. If you have water running through it, then you will need to factor in utility plumbing costs. These are all factors that depend on your current situation and what you need to add. If you want to add an electrical socket, for example, this can run around £100 per socket.
As you can see, converting a space that you already have attached to your house is a cost-effective method for gaining new square meters for your home.