How long will the garage conversion take?
We usually advise that a single integral garage would take around 1 to 2 weeks but this depends on drying times for wet plaster etc, and a double garage conversion around 2 to 3 weeks. These can differ depending on your requirements how many doors & windows you will need, etc.
How much will it cost?
It really depends. There are a few factors which will obviously change the price. Some examples: Have you got a single or double garage? Do you require an en-suite bathroom? Do you need a structural door opening? Do you want it painted in three different colours? Do you want 10 or 20 downlights? So as you see the cost can vary, so the best way to for us to give you an accurate quote is to come and see your garage.
Will I need planning permission for my garage conversion?
It is unlikely that you will need planning permission, but we will do the necessary checks to find out. For more information also see our planning permission page
Will we have signed contracts?
Yes. On all of our projects we will draw up contracts and both parties sign these before work commences.
When do I pay for my garage conversion?
We only take a small deposit of £500, unlike most companies, as we think this gives you peace of mind. This also holds the start date of your job. We will only ask for a larger deposit on the day we start work, depending on the size of the job, and then we’ll break the cost of the job down into manageable, staged payments. We only ask for the final payment once you are 100% satisfied with your new room.
Will we take care of the building regulations?
Yes, we will fill out all the relevant paperwork and send it off to your local council or the private building control firm we regularly use. We will arrange and attend all of the relevant appointments with the building inspectors. For more information also see our building regulations page
Can you do every part of the garage conversion from start to finish?
Yes, every aspect of your conversion, right from your very first phone call through to completion.
Have you got any accreditation?
Yes, we are proud members of the FMB (Federation of Master Builders) who have a very thorough vetting process. Please also see our accreditations page for more information
Can you match my existing brickwork?
The answer is yes, if it is still being produced (or if any remaining stock can be sourced from somewhere!). If not then we will get you the very best alternative match.
How long do you guarantee the job for?
We provide you with a 10 year workmanship guarantee and you also get an insurance backed guarantee from IWA before you pay us a deposit. This guarantee protects your deposit and your job should we go out of business. View our IWA certificate.
Who will it be that comes out to see us?
It will be one of our representatives that have over 40 years of building trade experience between them. We never use pushy salesmen. We will also aim to have your detailed quote out in the post within just 48 hours.
Have you got previous garage conversions we can see?
Of course! We have carried out countless garage conversions and we highly recommend you go and speak with our past clients. This is the best way for you to know first-hand just how seriously we commit to our work. Please see a selection of our work in our case studies section.
Can I view work in progress?
Yes, we have always got work in progress. This will allow you, first-hand, to see how professional and dedicated our garage conversion teams are.
Do you hold full Public and Employer’s Liability Insurance?
Yes, our policy covers us for no less than five million pounds. A copy will be sent to you with your quotation.
Will you protect my driveway?
This comes as standard with each and every garage conversion we carry out. We put down a visqueen sheet and then cover the drive with plywood. This protects the drive from skips and general building work.
Will there be a lot of mess and disruption?
We take great care in keeping the mess on site to a minimum, and there will be minimal disruption. We do not need access to your home for most of the job (and if we need to use the loo we will go to the local town where possible).
Do you have a project manager who will oversee the conversion project?
You will always see either Les or Martin on a daily basis so you can rest assured your conversion will go smoothly. We will liaise with you directly and regularly to make sure you get your dream project.
Do you use full-time staff or do you use subcontractors?
We do not use subcontractors fullstop. All of our lads are fully experienced tradesmen.
Will the new garage conversion floor finish level with the existing floor in our house?
We always make sure your new floor comes completely level with your existing floor. It is also a building regulations’ requirement for any garage conversion, in order for it to be passed-off by the local authority.
Are your employees DBS checked?
Yes, all of our staff have been DBS checked.
Will a garage conversion add value to our property?
Creating extra habitable living space in your home by converting your garage is a proven, and not to mention extremely cost-effective, way of adding value to any property.
Will I be hassled by pushy salespeople once I have my quote?
Not a chance! We do not employ any pushy salespeople. We instead prefer to speak with you honestly and truthfully and strive to earn your trust and, most importantly, to maintain it.
How soon after accepting my quotation can you start?
We can usually begin your garage conversion within a couple of weeks of getting the green light from you. This gives us time to match your brick and to make all the arrangements with your local authority. In this time we will also sign all the necessary contracts, take measurements of your garage for ordering materials and set your site up ready for commencement.
Will there be lots of mess at my property?
We are renowned for the tidiness and cleanliness of our sites during and after our garage conversions. We protect your driveway from scrapes and scuffs by laying plastic sheeting and plywood boards, and use dust sheets inside your home. We aim to leave your property in the condition it was when we first arrived.
I only have a rough idea of what I want – can you assist me with some garage conversion ideas?
Of course! Everyone starts out at the same stage as you. We have been turning people’s building ideas into reality for years now, and we can do the same for you. We can take your garage conversion ideas as far as you want, from simply leaving you with a plastered finish all the way through to a fully decorated and furnished room with a home cinema system.