FAQ

As converting a garage involves a change of use of space into a habitable room and often structural alterations, every conversion requires Building regulation approval. Without this you may encounter difficulties when you come to sell your home.

For a more detailed answer, see our General Requirements post.

Under new planning regulations that came into effect on 1st October 2008 an extension or addition to your home is considered permitted development, therefore not requiring an application for planning permission. However, some housing estates (mainly constructed in the last few years) have had these rights withdrawn and permission may be required. Xtrend will check each property with the respective local authority prior to work commencing.

Xtrend’s architectural team will prepare drawings and submit a planning application on your behalf at cost.

This would be dependent on the individual local authority and whether neighbouring properties object (maybe on grounds of parking difficulties for example).

Yes! Each conversion is as individual as you are, and as an NHBC registered builder we are happy to discuss any requirements no matter how abstract or technically challenging they may be.

Where a garage is semi-detached the party wall may require sound insulation, however in most cases the same construction as the external walls would be sufficient. If only part of a garage is being converted, both thermal insulation and 30 minutes fire protection must be provided to any new separating walls.

Each conversion is individual and carries its own requirements, so this is a difficult question to answer. However, the average single garage can be converted for around £5600 Plus VAT.

The average single garage conversion can be completed in 10 working days, while garage conversions with bathrooms or en-suites would usually take around 14 working days.

Xtrend will match the exact brick type and manufacturer where possible. When the brick is no longer available we can either source a suitable alternative or discuss feature panels, e.g. Herringbone brickwork or rendering. In any event we will not lay bricks without your full approval.

Yes! You don’t have to take our word for it; as every garage conversion is registered under building regulations, the inspecting officer will inspect each element to ensure quality of work and that the correct requirements have been met. Upon completion the building inspector will issue a certificate of compliance and completion for your peace of mind.

Our standard garage conversion guarantee is 2 years, though we provide the option to purchase a 10 year insurance-backed guarantee.

With moving house being a somewhat unattractive prospect for many people, expanding the home you live in might be a viable alternative, and a garage conversion is certainly one of the most cost effective options. By converting your garage into living space, you could not only make use of valuable but under-utilised square feet (the average garage floor area is around 170 square feet!), but also take the opportunity to rid yourself of quantities of clutter. Unlike extensions and loft conversions, which can take months to complete, you could have your new room in just a matter of weeks.

Yes – Xtrend is part of the Mason & Mason Construction Solutions group, a NHBC registered Builder. We therefore have the necessary expertise and qualification to carry out any construction works on your home.

As an NHBC registered builder we have undertaken strict technical and professional conduct investigations, in addition to this we have been accepted as a partner company with Stoke on Trent City council under the partnership initiative scheme and our director Mr Mark Mason has also been proud to receive the LABC Built in Quality Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2008 in recognition of building quality and excellent lines of communication.

Unfortunately not – should you require finance it is more cost effective for you to obtain a personal loan or borrow against your home.

Yes – if required we can carry out the decoration works or any theme decoration that you may require.

Yes – we can supply and fix laminates, hardwoods, ceramic tiles or recommend excellent suppliers of carpets or amtico style finishes.

The aim of a good conversion is to make it blend in so that it appears to be an integral part of the property. If this is achieved, the conversion will be an asset, possibly recouping its cost by increasing the property’s overall value, or at the very least making the house more saleable when the time comes. But of course, primarily, you should see your new room not as an investment, but as something that will enhance your standard of living.

Xtrend doesn’t employ salesmen; we are professional building company offering an honest and value-for-money service, our first price will be our best price and there won’t be any hidden catches.

We don’t use gimmicks or time limited sales techniques to obtain work and our quotations are fixed for 30 days and don’t fluctuate with the changing moons. There is only one thing that we do provide for free: a quality job giving value for money carried out with a professional attitude.