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Old 06-04-2006, 10:51 PM
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hi all you lovlies, any idea on how much to convert a single part integral garage into a dining room ?
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Old 07-04-2006, 8:06 AM
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Do you want to convert it completely, or will you leave the front of the garage for storage? A complete conversion should be around £7-10k (depending on materials used and which part of the country you are), a part conversion in the region of 5k.

BTW - we're planning to part convert our attached garage in our new home, we're expecting to spend 4.5-5k tops as the previous owner was planning to do the same and has left all building materials (but was then relocated and had to move elsewhere)
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lucky you, thanks for that, im about £3000 short !!so kiss that off
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:51 AM
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The cheap way to do it is to put a stud wall on the inside and leave the garage door on the outside.

More expensive to replace the garage door with wall and window.

To meet current building regs you should make all the walls double skin rather than the normal single skin of a garage; a lot of people don't bother.
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but then you have no natural light?. i gotta do somthing though as the house we have brought is too small, sounds nuts and i bet your thinking"why buy a smaller house" lolwell its in a fab area and whn done up will get a return, i coudl only russle up £4000 to do sumin with the garage, is that to cheap?
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Old 07-04-2006, 4:04 PM
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If you can do most of the work yourself, then you'll be ok. Hubby is in the process of converting our garage and that's pretty much how much it's costing him.
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thanks van, bit concerned about conforming to building regs, though, do you or anyone know what building regs expect to be done?
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Hubby's not a builder either, we are not worrying too much about BR as the garage is at the bottom of the garden and we do not intend to move ever again, but I know you can buy a Building Regulation book (or you could borrow it from the library).

Maybe you can post this in the DIY forum and one of the many helpful builders will be able to advise you. Good luck!
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thanks van, bit concerned about conforming to building regs, though, do you or anyone know what building regs expect to be done?
We did a garage conversion into a dinning room 18 month’s ago cost use about £8K, contact your local council offices, they will be able to give you a garage conversion pack explaining what has to be done, damp courses etc.
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As solicitors are getting more fussy and HIPs are coming in next year, when you come to sell, the question will be asked have you got Building Regulation approval for what you have done? I think the main things you will have to look out for are insulation levels and any new windows. As has been said, contact the local council's Building Control Department.
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The house we were looking to buy had a garage conversion that didn't comply with building regs, there was only a single skin of bricks behind the plaster. The garage door was still in place from the outside and the room had a door and window at the back.

As the conversion had been done more than 4 years ago we couldn't be forced to make any alterations, so it didn't bother us.

Practically, it would not have been viable for the vendors to make it comply with current regs. We could have asked the vendors to take out an indemnity policy but that would not have made much difference. So we ignored the problem.
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Question Single Brick Garage Conversion

We had our garage conversion done 18 Month's ago, with full building regulations, It's only single brick, but has a plastic membrane with a wooden frame with insulation with a plaster board inside surface.

The only item I regret installing is our ceiling down lights, great BUT heat loss in cold weather ( Due to the Holes, 6 in number)

Perhaps the regulation differ in other parts of the country
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looks like im stuck with a garage then at £8000 you can kiss my as,lol
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looks like im stuck with a garage then at £8000 you can kiss my as,lol
At least it should add value to your house providing you have off the road parking !
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yes it has a driveway as well. but 8000 smackers!!!sheesh!! id have to stop dying my hair! lol,no its way more than i can afford, does anyone else ever feel like me?,,,you try and better yourself but moneyor lack of it aways holding you back
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We got ours done for £5k three years ago.

Our house was new 8 years ago and the builders had half done it anyway.

The best £5k I have spent in a long time. It has added more than that to the value of the house and is the most used room in the house.
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Have you asked any builders for a quote just to check it out. The price can vary quite a lot depending on what you want in terms of size of windows, electrics, built in cupboards, lighting, flooring, blah blah blah.
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no not yet to be honest im a little scared too, im frightened of comming across as a easy target and as i havnt a clue whats involved, i dont know if i really need somthing done wich there telling me or if they are just hikeing up the price
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Ours was relatively simple although you do need all the relevant planning permission, etc.

Electric lighting was already there so all we needed were all the electrical plug sockets we wanted for the computer, etc. the walls were insulated and plasterboarded and skimmed. A window was put in and the front bricked up to the window sill to match the rest of the house. It took them less than a week. £8k is taking the mick!
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Another thing, you tell the builder what you want not the other way around. The secret is to have it all worked out beforehand and then do not change anything. Changing things is where the builder increases his price disporportionately to the changes requested and the costs then begin to spiral.
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