Can I Extend Over My Garage?
If you’re looking to maximise your space, then building on top of your garage is an excellent place to start. Not only will this add an extra room or two to your upstairs, but it will also add value to your home. Whether you’re looking for an additional bedroom or a newly revamped office space, you can do a number of things with your over-garage extension.
Planning Permission Checks
First of all, you need to check if planning permission is required for your new extension. This will depend on a number of factors, so make sure you get in touch with your local building council before you take any further steps.
Demolishing Your Current Garage
Be prepared to make significant changes to your existing garage or even break it down completely in order to get your project off the ground. Unfortunately, it’s never quite as easy as building on top of your current structure. You will need to have the roof removed and assess the foundations of the garage before any additional construction work can be carried out. Do your research and get in touch with a professional; they will conduct an in depth evaluation of your property to assess what kind of work needs to be done.
Consider Access Options
Access to your new over-garage extension will need to be considered before any work takes place. If your garage is detached then you should consider installing a staircase; this could essentially be classed as an annexe or outbuilding for guests, parents or older children. If you have an attached garage, then you need to think about whether an extension would cause any blockages to neighbours houses or windows. Consider the logistics of the job too; if you need to install a staircase would you need to go through somebody’s bedroom in order to get to it? All of these considerations need to be made.
The size of your current garage will predict how much flexibility you have to work with your new extension. With a single garage, you can expect a smaller room; with a double garage you can expect a larger room. No matter what you want to do with the room, the extra space will be beneficial. Think carefully about the type of room you want to create before committing to it. You don’t want to run short of space for your new double bedroom!
How Much Value Does it Bring?
Building an extension over your garage is going to add some sort of value to your home, but how much exactly? It has been proven to increase the value of your home by up to 20%, which seems to be well worth the investment. Think about how much you’re going to spend altogether and whether it will pay off in the end.
Hopefully this gives you a good idea of how you can approach a garage extension. Be sure to consult a professional and obtain the relevant planning permission if you do wish to start a project like this.