The costs in this guide are accurate, as of 2022
If you have a garage, but hardly use it, a garage conversion could be a great way to make the most of the space you already have. It’s also cheaper than other home expansion projects, such as extensions and loft conversions, and a garage conversion has the added benefit of not stealing space from your garden either.
You can turn your existing garage into a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, convert it into a home office, or even create an open plan kitchen. Garage conversions offer plenty of options.
A garage conversion can also add a lot of value to your home. Depending on what you want to use your new living space for, on average, a home office could add £11,706 to the value of your property, while a home gym could add £11,927, and a new dining room and lounge (separate from the kitchen), could add £12,279, making it a valuable home improvement project.
If you’re thinking of converting your unused garage into a new room for your home, this cost guide covers everything you need to know.
On average, a garage conversion costs between £13,000 and £20,000.
Keep in mind that cost of labour is higher in London and the Southeast, sometimes by up to 20% on average. This guide will always clarify where costs include labour, and where they’re only referring to materials. The below prices do not include VAT.
How much does it cost to convert a garage into a room?
The average garage conversion costs between £13,000 and £20,000.
How much you end up spending on your garage conversion depends on the type of garage you have (whether it’s an integral garage, an attached garage, or a detached garage).
This is because attached and detached garages often require additional structural integrity checks and other building work. The size of your garage will also impact costs.
Integral garages are a type of attached garage that are built within the walls of your house and tend to have a door that connects your garage to your home. They are usually the cheapest of the three to convert.
Attached garages are attached to your home by a shared wall, but also have their own walls and roof that you will need to reinforce during the conversion. They cost somewhere in between the cost of an integral garage conversion and a detached garage conversion.
Detached garages are free standing and are entirely separate from your home. They require a lot of building work to connect them to your house with new insulated walls, plumbing, and other roof work. They are the most expensive of the three to convert.
A garage conversion includes removing your garage doors to replace them with walls, doors, windows, insulation and heating, electricity, and plumbing. How much you spend will depend on what is included in your package. You may also wish to hire an architect to help you make the most of your space before you hire your skilled tradespeople.
We recommend you ask for multiple quotes. Having a good sense of what is included in your package will help you figure out how much you’ll need to budget. Tell us what you have in mind and get some free quotes today.
Garage conversion costs
|Lower price range||Average price range||Upper price range|
|Integral garage (one car garage)||£7,000 – £8,000||£9,000 – £11,000||£12,000 – £13,000|
|Integral garage (double garage)||£13,000 – £14,000||£19,000 – £20,000||£24,000 – £25,000|
|Attached garage (one car garage)||£12,000 – £13,000||£14,000 – £16,000||£18,000 – £20,000|
|Attached garage (double garage)||£26,000 – £27,000||£30,000 – £32,000||£35,000 – £36,000|
|Detached garage (one car garage)||£16,000 – £18,000||£20,000 – £23,000||£25,000 – £28,000|
|Detached garage (double garage)||£35,000 – £36,000||£40,000 – £45,000||£55,000 – £58,000|
The average single garage size is around 18 m2, whereas the average double garage is 36 m2.
Prices will rise if your garage conversion project requires extensive remodelling of the existing floor space (for instance if you’re converting your garage in order to extend your kitchen). To find out with more accuracy how much you could pay for your garage conversion, tell us what you have in mind, and get some free quotes today.
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Labour costs for a garage conversion
Though the above prices include labour, it’s still a good idea to have a sense of how much you can expect to pay for tradespeople. Keep in mind that these average garage conversion labour prices will rise if you live in London and the South East.
|Tradesperson||Price (per day)||How long it should take|
|Electrician||£220 – £265||1 day|
|Plasterer||£100 – £150||1 – 2 days|
|Plumber||£170 – £220||1 – 2 days|
|Joiner||£150 – £200||1 day|
|Painter and decorator||£100 – £200||1 – 2 days|
|Floor fitter||£150 – £200||1 – 4 days|
|Heating engineer||£250 – £300||Depends on type of heating|
You won’t necessarily need all of these tradespeople, as the scope of your project will determine the labour you will need. You can hire skilled tradespeople here.
You might also want to hire a post construction cleaning specialist to properly clean your garage and surrounding areas after the building works are finished.
How long does a garage conversion take?
If your project doesn’t require extensive structural changes or reinforcements, the average garage conversion should take between 3 and 6 weeks to complete.
How long your garage conversion will take depends on:
- The size of your garage
- Structural work involved
- How much plumbing and electrics you need installed
- The materials you choose (some require longer to source)
- Whether you need to wait for planning permission
- How intricate your design idea is
Some garage conversions can take a little less, such as if you want to use your garage as a bedroom (2 – 4 weeks), whereas projects that require lots of structural changes and plumbing could take between 6 – 8 weeks.
Do you need planning permission to turn a garage into a room?
Whether or not you will need planning permission to convert your garage depends on the type of garage conversion you’re getting.
You don’t usually need to apply for permission if the project involves internal work (that won’t enlarge your house).
If you’re planning on turning a detached garage into a separate house, then planning permission may be required. You can discuss your proposal with your Local Planning Authority to make sure you have the correct, lawful permission to build.
For more information, visit the Planning Portal website.
Do I need an architect for a garage conversion?
If your garage conversion does fall under Permitted Development, you won’t need an architect to draw up plans for you to submit to your local authority.
However, architects can help you make the most of the space you have and can give you a breakdown of the key considerations for your project, which can then come in handy when you hire your tradespeople.
If you do need planning permission for your garage conversion, then you will need to hire an architect to supply drawings. This will cost you around £2,000, depending on the scope of your project.
You will also need to hire a structural engineer if you’re planning on building upwards (on top of your garage) as you will need foundations and roof joists. The cost of this is between £500 to £1,000.
How to save money on a garage conversion
There are plenty of ways you can save money on your garage conversion. Following some of these tips could help you keep costs down, without having to compromise on quality:
- Ask for multiple quotes before you settle on your tradespeople – it’s a really good idea to know what a project could cost you (upper and lower ranges) so that you can make a properly informed decision about how much you want to spend on your garage conversion.
- If you’re trying to decide what you should save your money on, invest in long-term elements like structural alterations, whilst budgeting on things you can change more easily later on like paint and decorative supplies.
- If a quote looks too good to be true, then it probably is – always check what is included in your package and remember to consider additional costs and prices that might not have been factored into the original quote.
- Save money in the right places – not only are the cheapest products more likely to break and need replacing sooner than more sturdy materials, but hiring the right tradespeople is also vital. In the long run, having everything installed correctly the first time can save you a lot of money. Do your research, and make sure you hire skilled tradespeople who will get the job done, right.
- Stick to the original design plan – when you start adding additional elements mid-way through the project, costs start to rise and can get out of hand. To keep everything under control, make a plan and then stick to it.
Always hire skilled labour – a badly converted garage will only lead to further costs down the line to fix or replace mistakes made during the original build. Find out how much your garage conversion could cost you here.
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Is a garage conversion worth it?
|Pros of getting a garage conversion||Cons of getting a garage conversion|
|Makes open-plan layouts possible for a lot of homes
Doesn’t take up garden space
Adds value to your home
In the case of internal garages, little building work is required to be able to repurpose your garage into a living space
Doesn’t usually require planning permission
If your garage already has plumbing and insulation, this will reduce costs, as well as how long it will take
|You will no longer have a parking space, which could become a problem if you don’t have a driveway
Sometimes subject to building regulation approval, (because the space is being designed to be lived in)
If you’re currently using your garage as a storage or utility room, you will have to find somewhere else to keep your stuff
Not only does a garage conversion add value to your home, it also allows you to make big changes to the layout and design of your house, giving you a lot of creative licence.
If you have a garage that you aren’t using, converting it has a lot of benefits, opening up space in your home, but with much lower costs than other types of extensions and loft conversions.
Alongside loft conversions, garage conversions are one of the best ways to make the most of the space you already have, without having to build an extension, which is more expensive.
Adding space and value to your home (over £11,000 on average!) a garage conversion comes with plenty of benefits. Not to mention that it gives you a lot of creative licence to turn that unused space into a gym, an office, part of your kitchen, or even an ensuite bedroom.
If you’re thinking of converting your garage, let us know a bit about your space and intentions, and get some free quotes today. We recommend you ask for multiple quotes to get a good sense of how much the project could cost you.