If you are in need of extra living space, then converting a garage is certainly a tempting option. They are usually relatively straightforward and cause less disruption than building an extension, and you won’t have to sacrifice a portion of the garden. If the existing structure is reasonably sound, then it is also a very affordable option. Here are some points to consider.
Do you need planning permission?
In the majority of cases, you will not need permission to convert a garage into a living area, as it will be allowed under Permitted Development Rights. However, it is never advisable to assume without checking. This is particularly important if you live in a Conservation Area, or the garage is a detached structure.
Some modern homes also have conditions attached to garage use, so always get confirmation from the planning office first.
- What condition is the garage in?
To plan a safe conversion that is within your budget, it will be necessary to make an assessment of the structural soundness of the garage. Does the roof let in water, for example? What about the state of the floor and the walls? If you are in doubt, it is best to seek professional advice, so you don’t run into unexpected expenses at a later stage.
- How is the space going to be used?
Decide how you will use the space, as this will affect the nature of the project. For example, if it is for a kitchen or living room extension, then the dividing wall will need removing. A structural survey will be needed to advise on the feasibility of this.
- What will you do with the items stored in the garage?
Finally, if your garage is used to store garden equipment, bikes, and so on, you may need to install a garden shed to house them.
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