Have you recently purchased a bigger car and found that the size of your garage just can’t cut it any more?
Have you recently purchased a bigger car in and found that the size of your garage just can’t cut it any more? There’s just not enough room in there for your car and everything else that you keep in there?
If so then maybe you should think about getting a garage extension. Here are some key things to consider if you are thinking about getting a garage extension done.
With a garage width extension you need to consider the size of your plot. If the garage goes right to the edge of your house as it is then your new garage will push it even closer to the boundary and you will need planning permission for this.
If you already have a freestanding garage and you want to get it replaced with a wider one then this is considered a temporary building. As such you might not need to get planning permission to get the wider garage. Just make sure that you don’t encroach on the property line because this could cause problems with your neighbour.
Once again whether the existing garage is attached to your property or not is an important factor. If the garage is attached to your house you will likely need planning permission to go through with the extension.
If you have a freestanding garage that is put together using pre-formed sections then, once again, you probably won’t need planning permission. As such you can probably get rid of your existing freestanding garage and replace it with a longer one with no issue, provided that you keep in mind the boundaries of your property.
When it comes to the cost of extending your garage a good estimate is that it will cost you around £1,000 per square metre that you add to the garage. This doesn’t include VAT though which will knock up the price a little and is provided simply as a ballpark figure. Factors that greatly affect the price of your garage conversion include the foundations you need, the size of the extension, and the standard you have it finished to. Typically the simpler the extension the cheaper it is, but different builders have different prices. Where you live could also be a factor in the cost. Getting a garage extension done in London will be vastly more expensive than getting it done in the middle of nowhere.
The rules currently in place in England say that a garage is classed as an outbuilding. There’s a chance that you do or don’t need planning permission to go through with your garage extension. Really it depends on your individual situation and needs. It’s always a good idea to find out for sure before you get started just to be on the safe side.
You can find out all the information you need by getting some advice from the official government planning portal. It’s important that you stick to any conditions and restrictions they place on garages and other structures. If you’re thinking about also converting the interior of the garage then you should also look up any rules and regulations regarding that.
No matter what it is that you want to do and no matter what your budget is you should start out by getting some garage conversion quotes. Getting your hands on a few quotes will give you a good idea about the price you can expect to be paying for your job. After that you can look over your plans and deciding if you can really do what you want with the budget you have.
If you need more information about getting planning permission then check out the government website. Most builders will tell you whether you do or do not need planning permission but don’t take their word for it. It’s always best to double check and find out for sure.