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- Construction Overview
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A dedicated garage Conversions team will be assigned to your project. A Principal Contractor will be responsible for the whole of your garage Conversion, from start to finish. This will be the person you can liaise with on a daily basis and will coordinate the various trades and suppliers needed to convert your loft.
During your garage Conversion, our Project Manager will visit you. They will ensure that work is progressing in accordance with the work schedule and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Our team will certify each of your stage payment, ensuring that you are paying for the work completed on site.
The Building Control Inspector will also be attending the site periodically throughout the build. They will ensure that all aspects of the work are being carried out in accordance with current Building Control Regulations.
No two garage conversions will never be the same. Deviating factors will determine the precise way your garage is converted.
- Stages Of Work
Stage 1: Electrical & Pluming First Fix
Our NICEIC Registered Electrical Contractor carries out the electrical first fix, in this example we:
– remove the ceiling completely to facilitate the works
– wire for 6nr fire rated downlight
– wire for 3nr double sockets
– wire 1nr BT point
Relocate existing alarm base station, keypad and sensor
Relocate sockets and light switches to make way for new door opening
Relocate consumer unit to high level and ensure that meter tails are adequately protected
Our Corgi Registered Plumbing Contractor carries out the plumbing first fix, in this example we:
– Remove radiator and pipework from hallway to facilitate new door opening
– Provide 1st fix pipework to new radiatior position in the proposed garage conversion.
– Re-route boiler condense pipework
– Re-route the emergency blow off pipework from the pressurised hot water cylinder
Stage 2: Form Structural Opening & Brickwork
In this example the front elevation of the property is carried by a catnic lintol that bears over the proposed internal door opening. With this in mind and after consulting with our advising structural engineer we install 2nr catnic heavy duty steel lintols to carry the additional loadings imposed.
The existing floor slab is cut out to provide a visual inspection to ascertain the suitability of the existing foundation to carry the new loads imposed by the brickwork, blockwork and window frame. Once inspected, the brickwork to the garage reveals are “toothed” out in preparation for the new brickwork & blockwork.
The cavity is fully insulated with Rockwool cavity batts.
Dual cavity trays are inserted to ensure that any penetrating water will be dispersed back through the front brickwork via the newly inserted “weep vents”, One of these cavity trays is also linked in with the newly inserted floor DPM.
Works to date are inspected by the building inspector.
Stage 3: Raising The Floor
Where the difference in level between the house and garage permits, insulation is laid onto the existing floor, a Damp proof membrane is installed – linking in with external cavity trays.
In this example (our preferred method) the floor is then overlaid with a fibre reinforced cement screed. Alternate timber methods are available, but as most ground floors are concrete it is our opinion that the new floor should “feel” the same underfoot from one room to the next– a screeded floor is not susceptible to squeeks or creeks.
Stage 4: Window, Insulation & Plasterwork
The window is fitted complete with trickle ventilation to provide background room ventilation. In some cases (where the garage exits onto a room rather than a hallway ) fire escape hinges would be fitted to allow escape in the event of a fire.
In this example part of the garage ceiling was covered by a sloping tiled roof, this area was insulated with 300mm of rockwool loft insulation to provide ventilation to the subsequent “Cold Roof” void, cross ventilation was provided at soffit and ridge level to avoid a build up of condensation.
25mm kingspan insulation is provided to window reveals to avoid “cold bridging” between the external and internal reveals.
Depending upon the existing construction, insulation is provided to the external walls prior to plasterwork.
Where there is a existing room above the garage, insulation is provided between the floor joists to prevent the passage of sound.
Walls and ceilings are plaster boarded with 12.5mm plasterboard and skimmed.
Stage 5: Electrical & Plumbing Second Fixes
The electrical contractor carries out the installation of ceiling lights, sockets and switches – note the use of lazer alignment when fixing spotlights. Upon completion a test certificate is supplied for the homeowner.
The radiator – complete with thermostatic control valve is connected to the existing system and a check / balance of the existing heating system takes place.
Stage 6: Joinery
– New skirtings & architraves are fitted.
– Cupboards are constructed and fitted.
– New door, handle etc is fitted to match the existing home.
– In this example we supply and install uniclic perspective flooring.
Stage 7: Pre-Completion Inspection
– All remaining rubbish / surplus material is removed.
– The new and surrounding brickwork is acid cleaned.
– An internal and external inspection is carried out.
– Warranties, certificates etc are issued.
– Building inspector carries out a final inspection and issues compliance certificate to homeowner directly.
– After the conversion completion, the homeowner carries out the decoration, however are happy to decorate your garage conversion should you require it.
Follow our simple 4 step process when carrying out a garage conversion: