What do you use your Garage for?

Motor vehicles are well protected against rust, modern engines start even when it’s cold. So why not convert your garage into a living space?

Did you know that Apple Inc, Google, Disney & Hewlett Packard all started life in a Garage?


Apple Inc. 1976


HP Museum 2009


Google 1998

Thinking of converting your garage into a living space? Parker Home will do this for you. We will manage the project from start to finish, even decorating with your chosen colours… we have even been known to hang curtains and blinds.

We will arrange a visit, discuss your thoughts with you before providing an estimate.

Planning permission is not usually required for a Garage Conversion providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building.

The conversion of a garage, or part of a garage, into habitable space will normally require approval under the Building Regulations.

(Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required).

Building Regulations will take into account the following:

In-fill garage door

The existing foundations will need to be checked for suitability as the existing is probably just a slab and a new foundation will need to be created. Parker Home will liaise with the local planning officer.


The existing floor in a garage is generally suitable for domestic use but may need upgrading to provide adequate damp proofing and thermal insulation. DPM (Damp Proof Membrane) will need to be introduced before skimming the floor. Finished with your chosen flooring.


A new room in a house should have adequate ventilation for general health reasons. The type of room will determine how much ventilation is required.

The general rules for ventilating a room are:

Purge – this is achieved by opening the window. The opening should have a typical area of at least 1/20th of the floor area of the room served unless it is a bathroom.

Whole Building – this is also known as trickle ventilation which can be incorporated into the head of the window framework, or by some other means.

Both of these forms of ventilation are normally required, however alternative approaches to ventilation may also be acceptable, subject to agreement with the Building Control Body.

If you have small children and want a Playroom or teenagers and need a Computer Room or you might fancy a Media Room for yourselves, there is no question that this kind of recreational area adds value to your property.

After all, which is going to be worth more – a place to keep your car dry or a place for your family to live?

You never know, you might convert it into an office and be the next Google!

Did you know:

  • Garage comes from ‘Garer’, French for ‘Park’
  • Birth of the home garage came in the 1920’s due to the passing of the Federal Road Act in 1916 and Federal Highway Act in 1921*
  • There is no legal size of a garage but the average is 3m wide x 6m long
  • Nirvana, The Beatles, The Who, and Metallica all started life in a garage


Photos courtesy of Michael Dunlop, Retire@21

Information source: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk