I have spoken about garage conversions before, and that to losing the valuable storage space that a garage provides should not be undertaken lightly. However, we have had a speight of projects recently where the existing garage has been in exactly the right place to provide a kitchen and/or family room so that it connects up with the house to create a really great layout. In both cases we have been able to build a new garage to replace the old one. They were both large double garages and so they made great kitchen spaces. One project is completed and the other is still on site at the moment. The other clever thing to do with a garage that is to be converted is to open the roof so a really light and airy space can be created. Given the relatively low ceiling heights of rooms in the UK, the contrast in height makes for an amazing room, especially where skylights are installed.
Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.