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What to consider when planning a garage extension in 2020

By LLM Reporters  |  March 18, 2020

If you’ve purchased the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe or perhaps the Bentley Bentayga SUV is more up your street, then you’ll no doubt need somewhere safe to store it. Many existing garages are a little too small for the size of vehicles being produced these days and with multiple cars required per household an indoor space that fits them all could be just the ticket.

Growing in popularity, a new garage extension will, not only, protect your precious new purchase in harsher weather, but it will be a useful storage area and can be used as an additional living or recreational space. There’s also no denying that more homeowners are opting for a garage extension to add more value to their homes. But, whatever your purpose for your garage extension, you may be wondering what this kind of project entails and, more importantly, how much to budget for.

Before you go ahead and call in the builder, here’s what you should know so that you can plan well in advance.

Taking on a garage conversion is a great way to add space and value to your home


Budgeting for your garage extension is key as you’ll, no doubt, want a decent security system to take good care of your car, plenty of space and you’ll want it to blend in well with your surroundings too.

Depending on several essential factors, it can cost anywhere from £4000 to £20,000 with the overall cost being affected by the kind of garage you want, the work quality as well as the size of your extension. Other factors that affect the total price include the cost of materials and labour, and let’s not forget the tradesman’s qualifications as well. To give you a much better idea, let’s say you want a single, simple prefabricated unit – this can cost around £4,200. But if you want something that’s detached and made with bricks rather than concrete, you will be looking at somewhere in the region of £19,000.

In addition, you will need to take into account other expenses, such the installation of electricity and security systems, flooring and, if you are looking to add built in storage to the space, then hiring a builder or carpenter can bring an additional expense of about £100 to £150 per day.

What to expect and how to plan

When you are planning to build a garage extension, you have to think carefully about your budget, with the building garage extension cost being the primary consideration of most homeowners.

If you’ve just purchased a luxury motor, then you’ll no doubt need somewhere safe to store it

Other considerations include the planning, coming up with details regarding the design, where it will be situated on your property, and the kind of tradespeople you are aiming to hire. For all of this, it would be best to obtain different quotes from different tradesmen since they will all charge varying rates. Once you have your quotes, it will be easier for you to choose the most acceptable one but remember that the cheapest is not always the best. You want your project to go as smoothly as possible, so hiring a professional with good experience and a great reputation will always be best.

The foundation and construction will begin once you have decided on your budget and the tradespeople you will hire for the job and, with this, the site will have to be cleared, with the digging and filling in of the hole taking place. The next stage is the construction phase, and this will vary based on the style you have chosen for your garage. Next, the roof will be built followed by the internal elements such as the lights and electricity, shelves, flooring, cupboards, and doors. If you are planning to install security elements, this can be done last of all. all in all your shiny new garage should be complete within one to four weeks.

As with any type of home improvement it is important to consider your personal requirements, plan well, budget accordingly and this should result in a new and improved area of your home that adds value to, not only, your property but to your everyday life.