Converting a garage into an open-plan kitchen and dining area

Christina and Julian McKee have solved the space problem in their three storey townhouse by converting the garage into a living room and creating an open-plan kitchen and dining area in the existing living room.

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With three young children, Christian and Julie McKee were desperate for more living space and went as far as putting their three-bedroom semi-detached townhouse in Saltash, Cornwall, on the market before realising that a garage conversion could solve their space needs.

The attached single garage alongside their three-storey home was being used for nothing more than storing junk and was perfectly located for conversion into a new living room. In turn, this freed up space to allow the existing living room and kitchen to be combined to form an open-plan family kitchen, which involved knocking down an internal partition wall and blocking off a doorway.

Permitted development rights had been removed on the property when it was built, so a planning application was required to convert the garage. This was handled, together with all of the design and construction work, by Robert Wood of Plymouth-based Creative Garages (01752 881829,

The project, which the McKees estimate has added £20,000 to the value of their home, took only three weeks to complete and cost just under £12,000.

‘Rob’s work was superb,’ says Christian. ‘He even visited a local quarry to ensure the stone for the new front wall matched the existing stone, and had the sash windows and concrete sills purpose-made.’