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Garage Conversions (Extensions)

Converting your garage can potentially add 8-10% to your property’s value.  If you manage this conversion well financially and stick to budgets and timelines, you can expect to spend £7000, making this one of the most cost efficient ways to improve property value. We have worked with people before in Stevenage on their extension similar to the image below.

By converting your garage, you’ve eliminated the need to extend thus making your garden smaller. Home buyers like larger gardens that aren’t encroached on by unnecessary extensions.

Because you’re working on an existing room, you miss the entire building stage that comes with extensions.  The vast majority of work is carried out internally, and any structural changes will be done either at the beginning or the end and tend to be over and done with rather quickly.

 

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There are three types of garage; attached, detached and integrated

Attached and Integrated Garages are connected to the property.  They tend to lay to the site of the house or the front with a room above.  With the garage already being accessible from the property, it makes the conversion even easier.

Detached Garages might seem an unlikely choice for conversion, but that shouldn’t stop you.  However as the building lays away from the main building, you’ll have to apply for planning permission as you intend to change its use.

An average standard single garage has a volume of 14m².  That’s a good size for a double bedroom, a shower/utility room or the extension of an existing room such as a kitchen or living space.

It’s well known that it’s the kitchen that adds the wow factor to property.  By converting your garage and extending a kitchen into it will add a lot of profit to your property.

You also need planning permission in some circumstances to add or have work done on your driveway.  You must ensure the work on your driveway does not require the need of a step as this is a contravention of the regulations, technically you have now made the dwelling less accessible.  You need to make the driveway out of porous material to comply with Permitted Development.

If you want the driveway to made of tarmac or other non-porous materials you will need planning permission and to take into account underground drainage or by creating it in a way the water drains naturally by having the drive at an incline or camber. This is only the case should your new driveway exceed five square meters. These rules only apply to front driveways. Driveways that extend to the side or rear of the property will need planning permission.

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They also only apply to building’s that were created as housing, not commercial renovations.  If you have created a driveway and wished to drop the kerb you need to get planning permission to do so, and sometimes the local council will want to do the work themselves to ensure legislation is followed, and road markings are not tampered with/resign the road. Also, the pavement may need strengthening this is to protect existing water pipes under the pathway.

 

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