In this article, we answer some of your biggest questions surrounding garage, basement and loft conversions.


Garage Conversions Back to top

Garage conversion ideas

What type of new space could your home benefit from? An additional bedroom, living area, home office, cinema, gym…? We provide inspiration for all of these areas in Why convert your garage? If an additional kitchen, utility room, playroom or granny flat is the direction you’re going in, take a look at our 9 best garage conversion ideas. 

How to convert your garage into a livable space

You’ve figured out what you want your garage to be converted into, now comes the tricky part - making it happen. In this guide, we take you through the need-to-knows for converting a garage in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Live in the United States? No problem! Your local Refresh Renovations specialist can advise you on the permit requirements for your state.

Loft and Attic Conversions Back to top

There’s something very cosy about a loft/attic to start with, so it provides great potential for a home cinema, bedroom or playroom. Here, we cover the steps involved in converting a loft into a usable space, including the costs involved.

loft conversion

Getting started with a loft conversion

There is a lot to consider when approaching a loft conversion. There might be chimneys to take into account, roof lights, consents, stairwell access and the basics - like headroom! Where do I start with my loft conversion? will get you on the right track.

Loft conversion FAQs

Will your project require council consent? Can your loft be converted into a bedroom? What’s better, a ladder or stairs? Loft conversions prompt a lot of questions, and we’ve got the answers. Check out our answers to your loft conversion FAQs.

Loft and Attic Conversions Back to top

There’s something very cosy about a loft/attic to start with, so it provides great potential for a home cinema, bedroom or playroom. Here, we cover the steps involved in converting a loft into a usable space, including the costs involved.

Getting started with a loft conversion

There is a lot to consider when approaching a loft conversion. There might be chimneys to take into account, roof lights, consents, stairwell access and the basics - like headroom! 

Loft conversion FAQs

Will your project require council consent? Can your loft be converted into a bedroom? What’s better, a ladder or stairs? Loft conversions prompt a lot of questions, and we’ve got the answers. Check out our answers to your loft conversion FAQs.

How much do loft conversions cost?

The most common questions usually revolve around cost. Taking into account structural work, windows, storage, stairways and roof conversions - our loft conversion cost estimate explains what’s involved and how much money you’ll need to set aside. Read the right cost estimate for your location: New Zealand, Australia, and the United States

Basement Conversions Back to top

You’ve considered building out, you’ve considered building up...but have you considered building down? If there’s room for improvement in your basement, keep reading.

basement lighting conversion

How to brighten up your basement

Colour, layout, minimalism, decor, flooring, lighting and value are all covered in this article - featuring advice from renovation specialist Simon Kelliher. Take a look at "How to brighten up your basement conversion"

How much will it cost?

Basement conversions can certainly add value to your home and lifestyle, but they don’t come cheap. Take a look at the costs included in excavating a basement into a livable space in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.  

Adding value through a conversion renovation project Back to top

  • Creating a supplementary income through a home conversion

For many people; the appeal of a supplementary income is the driving force behind their garage, loft or basement conversion. If this is the case for you, there is a little more to consider before you get underway with your project. How to make your home Airbnb-worthy discusses how much you can earn as an Airbnb host and what features are popular with Airbnb guests. 

Planning tips for conversions Back to top

If you want to learn more about the consent process, be sure to check out our article on permitted development. Alternatively, get in touch to schedule a free consultation with your local renovation specialist.