Garage conversions: What are the benefits?

If you are looking to add more living space to your home, and your property has a garage that is under-utilised, a garage conversion can be a great way to gain additional living space without taking on a costly extension.

Whether you want an open plan living space with a spacious family kitchen, or an area of the home that offers more privacy for a home office, gym, or even an annex for a growing family, a garage conversion could provide the perfect solution.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of a garage conversion.

Increased living space

A garage conversion is a fantastic way to add extra square footage to your home without extending its footprint. This can be particularly beneficial if you live in an area with stringent planning regulations or limited space for expansion.


The new space can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you need an extra bedroom, a home office, a gym, a playroom, or even a granny flat, a garage conversion offers endless possibilities.

Cost effective

Converting an existing garage is often more affordable than building a new extension. The basic structure, including the walls, roof, and foundation, is already in place, which can significantly reduce construction costs.

Increased property value
A well-executed garage conversion can add significant value to your property. Extra living space is a desirable feature for potential buyers, making your home more attractive on the market.

Quick turnaround

Since you’re working within the existing structure, garage conversions typically take less time to complete compared to building a new extension from scratch. It generally causes less disruption to your daily life too as work can often be carried out without majorly interfering with your main living areas.

A new and improved layout

A garage conversion allows you to reconfigure your home’s layout to better suit your lifestyle. For example, you could create an open-plan kitchen and dining area, add a much-needed extra bedroom, or design a dedicated workspace.
Additional living space can improve the overall flow and functionality of your home, making it more comfortable and practical for everyday use.

Energy efficiency

Modern insulation, windows, and doors can be installed during the conversion process, making the space more energy-efficient. This can help lower your home’s overall energy consumption and reduce utility bills.

Adaptable space

A converted garage can be easily adapted to meet changing needs over time. What starts as a playroom for young children can later become a study space for teenagers or a hobby room for adults.

Rear of new double garage
Room extended above garage

Seamless Integration

With thoughtful design and high-quality finishes, a garage conversion can seamlessly blend with the rest of your home, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal and kerb appeal.

Will my garage conversion require planning permission?

Generally speaking, a garage conversion can be completed under permitted development (LINK TO, so you won’t need to go through the full planning permission process.

If, however, your home is listed or in a conservation area, you may need planning permission.

Whether the work can be achieved under planning permission or permitted development, you’ll need to obtain building regulations LINK TO approval before starting work, and an inspection at various stages throughout the project to ensure the build meets various standards.

This is something we can advise on as part of our service.

New double garage built


A garage conversion offers a multitude of benefits, from increasing your living space and adding value to your property, to providing a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution for home improvement. Whether you need more room for your growing family, a dedicated workspace, or additional spaces for friends and relatives to visit, converting your garage can be a smart investment.

If you’d like to find out more, get in touch to see how we can help.