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A garage conversion provides another solution to achieving your needs whilst avoiding the inconvenience and costs of selling and buying a new property. Whilst garage conversions create the additional space from what was once a redundant storage space, they may also increase the value of your property.
It is often found that garages commonly become a space used only for storage of gardening equipment. Traditionally motor vehicles were housed in these garages, however nowadays the vehicle is parked on the driveway and as such allows for the space to be converted into additional habitable space.
Before embarking on a garage conversion, here are some points worth considering before you start:
Do I need planning permission for a garage conversion?
Most single garages can be designed and built within permitted development rules, providing that it does not increase in size and most of the works are only internal.
However some properties have their permitted development rights removed which would include the garage and would therefore require a standard householder planning application for a garage conversion.
Building control is separate to planning in that planning focuses primarily on the aesthetics and impact upon the neighbour, where building controls primary function is to ensure the works comply to current regulations such as structure, fire, thermal insulation, services and others.
Building control is not so much of a black and white procedure like planning, however it is vital that the works comply with current standards to obtain the completion certificate from the building control department.
With respect to garage conversions, the main issues to consider are: adequacy of existing foundations, wall/ roof/ floor insulation and structure.