Whether used for storing family heirlooms, classic cars or garden tools, garages can be underutilised. And, if space is suddenly at a premium in your home, converting the garage can seem like a simple solution.
At Refresh, we work with the leading garage conversion builders in Nelson with a great understanding of the nuances that come with converting a garage.
So, if you’re ready to explore bespoke solutions that enhance your property, get in touch with your local Renovation Consultant to arrange a free consultation.
When converting your garage to a space that’s comfortable and functional, there’s a lot of unexpected questions you may need to answer. Does your garage comply with current building code? Does it require better insulation? What about the flooring?
If what sounded like an easy idea, to simply convert your garage, has made you start to feel overwhelmed, don’t worry. We’re here to help.
Our five-step approach to renovations is led by our Renovation Consultants who act as project managers. From design concepts to coordinating tradespeople and sourcing premium resources for your project, they’re with you from start to finish and can offer valuable advice for your garage conversion.
Whether you want to use your garage to expand or escape, your Renovation Consultant will work hard on your behalf to deliver a unique design that works for your lifestyle while also providing you with an exceptional renovation experience.
One of the most important design elements to consider is natural light. Garages tend to be dark and drab, so to combat that many designs are adding light by using alternative materials like glass in their garage doors. The atrium-esque vibe is a unique way to keep your space airy and increase curb appeal without sacrificing security.
Expanding up is becoming increasingly popular as well. A second storey garage conversion gives you even more space for a bedroom or office while allowing the ground level to become a laundry, gym, or extra storage space.
Attached garages are an easy way to extend your home’s living area whereas standalone garages are better suited for privacy so think guest suites, offices, studios. Some garages are nothing more than a glorified alleyway, but that doesn’t mean they’re useless. Narrow spaces are simply an opportunity to get more creative. And that’s exactly what our garage conversion specialists do best.
It could start as a garage conversion, but you may find yourself wanting to rework the layout of your home. So, in addition to partnering with talented garage conversion specialists, our Renovation Consultants work with a variety of contractors to offer a wide range of garage conversion services. If that means converting the garage to a scullery or moving the lounge to free up space for a kitchen expansion, we’ve got you covered.
There are many factors to consider when determining the cost of your garage conversion, from the scope of work required to the materials you choose. For a general idea, basic garage conversion renovations can start at $3,000*. An extensive project or one with luxury materials will be upwards of $15,000*.
*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Refresh Renovation Consultant.
Common consent requests for garage conversions in Nelson are generally related, but not limited, to heritage sites and previously unpermitted work. Heritage homes require the garage to be setback from, and remain complementary to, the streetscape.
While garage conversions can add value to your home, unpermitted work can actually detract from your home’s value. Many DIY-ers don’t bother to check if their garage complies with current building code, but it’s important to know and make upgrades if necessary.
Your Renovation Consultant will handle all correspondence with the council regarding obtaining permits and consents in Nelson.
Expert garage conversion builders will make the most of the space that already exists on your property. Just get in touch to arrange a free consultation with a Renovation Consultant in Nelson.