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Conversion of a garage

Is it worth converting a single garage ( 3 bedroomed bungalow) to an ensuite bathroom and utility room?

Asked on Nov 10 2013, Home Improvement in Bath | Report content

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  • I think yes, demand is improving for extra bathrooms

    Answered on Nov 11 2013, Report content
  • Its the balance of the loosing a garage vs adding a bathroom. I have seen the garage door left on with 6ft of space, to put the mower in, then a brick wall and the rest of the garage converted (putting in a side window). It did look really good

    Answered on Nov 11 2013, Report content
  • I have the very same in my semi detached house, nicked half the garage, and used the other half. My garage was always full anyway so i need not miss the half

    Answered on Nov 11 2013, Report content
  • I know someone who built an extension to create a 4th bedroom, but it was so minute and one room ‘which they wrongly classed as a bedroom’ could only be accessed through another bedroom, the extension did not add as much value as they wished for. So with the tiny garage they had built which did not fit a car in, they decided to convert the garage in to the 4th bedroom they wanted, now it is worth more. So I would say go for it! You can't go more wrong than building an expensive extension which fails to add value.

    Answered on Nov 11 2013, Report content
  • Hi, When adding an extension or alternatively converting a room we would always advise to think about the affect it will cause on the property and if it will increase saleability rather than value in the first instance. On the surface, it is logical to assume that an extension will add significant value to your property, and this is often the case. However, we would urge caution when justifying the cost of improvements versus the expected increase in value. We would say that in this case you are increasing the living space and therefore your property will be appealing to a wider field, if you are going from a 3 bedroom bungalow with a garage to a 4 bedroom bungalow you will increase your field of interest to those who are looking for a minimum of 4 bedroom homes. We recently blogged about this scenario and thought you may be interested in the article - http://www.peterheron.co.uk/news/123/should-we-extend/ as well as http://www.peterheron.co.uk/news/128/ask-an-expert/ We hope this helps and we hope it increases the saleability of your home as well as the value so you can secure a sale in the future.

    Web reference: http://www.peterheron.co.uk/news/128/ask-an-expert/

    Answered on Jan 3 2014, Report content

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