Do you park your car in your garage? How about your friends, family and neighbours in Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate or the wider West Yorkshire area? If you answered “no” to these questions, you’re not alone. A study published by RAC found that, of the 10.6 million garages in Britain, 4.6 million are no longer used for their intended purpose. Instead, they have become a storage space for DIY tools, ladders, decorating materials, gardening equipment and much more. As a locally-reputable building contractor and joinery contractor, we have seen a marked increase in the demand for garage conversions as more homeowners realise how simple it is to turn this underused space into a brand new room.
Any homeowner with an existing garage already has the basic shell of a room in place. With this foundation to work from, a professional building contractor and joinery contractor like CWR Building and Joinery can transform these spaces with a swift, efficient turnaround.
Some of the most popular garage conversions we undertake in Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and the surrounding areas include:
To arrange for an initial consultation and a free estimate for one of our garage conversions, please contact us.
As with any of our building services, from house extensions to loft conversions, it is vital that our clients in Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and beyond know what they want from their garage conversions at the earliest possible stage. In addition, if an existing garage is currently used to store tools, gardening equipment or a freezer, plans need to be made to relocate these items. With a clear vision of the finished conversion, as well as a set budget to work to, we can draw up a timescale for work.
In the majority of cases, garage conversions don’t require planning permission. The government’s Planning Portal classifies them as “permitted development”, meaning a building contractor and joinery contractor can get to work without waiting for clearance from local authorities in the Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and wider West Yorkshire area.
However, certain caveats to this rule do exist. The most common include homes within conservation areas, homes in areas with parking restrictions, listed buildings and converting a garage into a separate house. As a customer-focused, reputable building contractor and joinery contractor, we are always here to advise on how these rules apply to individual garage conversions.
Needless to say, if your project in Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate or anywhere in West Yorkshire does require planning permission, we apply for it on your behalf.
A vital part in any garage conversion remains Building Regulations approval throughout the process. As a vastly experienced building contractor and joinery contractor, we have completed countless garage conversions in full compliance with current Building Regulations. From gaining approval from the local council before starting work to arranging for inspections by Building Control officers, we cover every aspect to ensure approval.
Our clients in Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate and the surrounding areas have the ultimate peace of mind that our garage conversions are structurally sound, have a damp-proof course, come fitted with energy-efficient walls, floors and roofing as well as safely installed electrical systems.