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In many cases the actual garage has to be demolished because it has been built in a manner that is unable...

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Adding An Over Garage Extension
Author:
Tom Norris

An over garage extension is an excellent option when it comes to adding an additional room. In many cases it ask you to rethink the existing arrangements to see if it would work out better to increase the garage space first or to add another room behind the garage before you go upwards.

Many home-owners mistakenly believe that all they need to do is to strip off the garage roof and build upwards but in many cases the actual garage has to be demolished because it has been built in a manner that is unable to support a floor above.

For example, many garages are built using single skin brick or blockwork which is not strong enough for a second floor now will it meet current building regulations for a dwelling. The foundations are another problem as in many cases the foundations are not deep enough to support a second floor.

Next comes the floor which way well contain a high moisture content, have no insulation and needs to be replaced before it can be deemed suitable for residential use. By this time you’ve taken down the roof, taken down the walls, dug up the existing foundation and floor and have absolutely nothing left of your garage so in effect it would have been a far simpler process had their been no garage there in the first place.



Will An Over Garage Extension Add Value?

Unless you happen to find the worst builders in the UK you will most certainly add value as an additional bedroom or bedroom en-suite will have a positive impact on your house price. That said, it’s important that the addition is designed to add maximum value rather than the cheapest type of box stuck on the top of your garage. A perfect extension over the garage will look like it has always been there rather than a hastily added bolt on.

Look closely at the photo at the top of this page and try to work out if the property was extended over the garage or it was built as you see.

I would always advise that you use the services of a seasoned architect with a brief to add an extra room over the garage whilst adding maximum value. If you’re currently considering extending over the garage there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.
 



Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

Over Garage Extension Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

Over Garage Extension Photos 3Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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