Garage conversions are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they are one of the simplest ways of increasing living space without having to go through the many planning-related hurdles of traditional housing extensions. Garage conversions are also a very economical option with the average conversion costing around £5,000/£6,000 compared to the price of a similar sized extension being roughly about £14,000. With no planning permission required, the possibilities are endless whether you aspire to create an office/study space, gym or even a lounge area. Whatever garage conversion you decide to go for, securing the contents of your new living space is more vital than ever as valuables like computers, TVs, exercise equipment or tools make for an easy win for intruders prepared to use force.
As one of Cardiff and South Wales’ most popular garage door and garage door repair companies, we have helped countless clients secure their new garage conversions with high-quality and reliable door systems.
Using your garage as office space is a great move because the separation between your property and the garage ensures a quiet and peaceful environment for work or study. According to the BBC the number of self-employed workers in the UK has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017 prompting a rise in home office conversions. One of the most important aspects of turning a garage into a place of work is lighting. Many garages will have limited natural light, therefore, it is vital that the kind of lighting set-up you choose is conducive to what you are trying to achieve with your garage conversion. For an office or a workshop, we would recommend a cool focused light perhaps either LED or fluorescent. To be productive you need to be comfortable and any garage office space needs to hold on to heat. Double skin roller shutter garage doors
have fantastic insulation qualities which can make your office habitable and save you money.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a busy gym where every piece of equipment is in use and you are forced to wait until it becomes available. If you are passionate about fitness then it makes sense to use your garage space as a personalised gym studio complete with weights, cardio machines and floor space. As per office conversions, you will need to consider a similar kind of focus lighting to create the right environment for a good workout. You will also need a rubber matt tiles to create a suitable flooring option. Depending on how many electrically powered machines you wish to use you will also need extra wiring so that your gym has enough plug sockets. Security is also essential and if you are planning your own home gym then you’ll be aware of how much gym equipment costs. For example:
Concept 2 Rowing Machine – £849.99
X3 tier dumbell rack – £601.99
Bodymax Bar – £200
Kettlebell rack (8 kettlebells) – £599.99
Nordic Track C Treadmill – £599.99
Compromised or weak garage doors could put your valuable possessions at risk. If thieves can gain entry via your garage doors they can then easily stage a lightning fast van-assisted robbery and make off with thousands of pounds of valuable equipment. At Access garage doors we stock a variety of security-enhanced garage doors which you can rely on as true gate keepers of your property.
Secure and insulated garage doors are absolutely essential in safeguarding your converted garage living space. To find out more about our range of garage doors visit our website and enquire today. We also provide a reliable garage door maintenance and repair service.