Converting a garage into a cosy sitting room

If you're craving extra space in your home, converting the garage could be the perfect solution. The owners of this 1960s chalet converted the carport into a cosy sitting room

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The owners of this 1960s chalet converted the carport into a cosy sitting room.

The carport on this 1960s dormer bungalow proved the perfect space for a spacious new living room, freeing up the original living space to create a new entrance and sitting room.

Insulated cavity walls were built up around the carport in rendered concrete block work on a brick plinth.

The garage floor level was 150mm lower than the existing ground floor and was built up using Kingspan Kooltherm insulation and concrete screed.

Planning permission was not needed. The project was part of an overall remodelling scheme and cost £1,300/m².

In the gallery: (Before) The 1960s chalet bungalow lent itself to an Arts and Crafts-style makeover; (After) Cottage-style small pane timber casement windows were chosen at the front, with French doors with sidelights at the back to maximise light; (Interior) A new fireplace creates character in the space. It was added using Isokern pre-cast firechest and flue blocks and York brick, with a fire surround by Chesney’s.

Architect: Robert Stevenson Associates (rsa-architects.co.uk).