Time changes things.

Obvious opening statement perhaps but it’s true.

If you look back at residential architecture, it’s not just window designs that give away age – like the square paned sash windows of many Georgian properties in Norwich or the single paned sash windows of the Edwardian era common in Lowestoft and Gorleston.

Victorian homes often had tiny frontages as horses were the only passing traffic. Why would they need a garden or drive to separate them from a product (cars) that were not yet invented.

The 1930s archetypal semi-detached home, beloved in suburbia, had drives and often separate garages abutting the rear garden, but from the 70s onwards, as car ownership soared, integral garages (single and double) were expected to be included by buyers. But who, in reality, parks their car in said garage in 2019?

Very few we’d imagine.

Instead of a history lesson though, we thought we’d look at potential changes of use for garages as they are quite easy to convert and make a very cost-effective investment.

Take the typical integral garage.

It has an up and over door, internal access to a hallway, a concrete floor, and often power outlets.

The floor needs raising and insulating, as does the ceiling, the garage door needs removing with new brickwork and glazing to make it match the rest of the property. Central heating may need to be extended or additional separate heating added, along with new power points, but, in theory, it’s quite simple.

Now Envision CAD are not suggesting you go all DIY SOS and try it yourself.

Unless you’re a skilled person, leave it to to the experts.

But our point is this – what is better use of a garage space? One for lawnmowers, toys and junk or an additional living space for you and your family?

You know the answer – if you’d like advice planning a garage conversion, contact us today.