Double Garage Conversion Plans – Initial Checks You Need To Do

Double garage conversion plans are a great way to add additional space to your home. The size of the garage makes it perfect for creating an annexe or granny flat. However, there are a few things you need to check before you start getting excited by the thought of all that new space.

The first consideration depends on whether you are a freeholder or a leaseholder. If it is the latter, you need to check your lease for restrictive clauses. If such a clause is included, you may need permission from the freeholder to convert your garage. Planning permission shouldn’t be required if you are not intending to increase the footprint of the garage itself, however, it is always best to check with your local planning office. One aspect that will affect all garage conversion plans is building regulations. A building control officer will check your plans, and check up on the progress of the building work. If they do not think you are complying with regulations, they can stop the work from progressing. This is one of the main reasons why professionally drawn up house extension plans are crucial. There are a number of aspects that the building control officer will look at. These include whether your house is a listed building, or is part of a listed neighbourhood. While this won’t necessarily stop the work, it may place restrictions on it. Another aspect that they will look at will be the effect of the extension or conversion on the drainage system. You may be required to provide solutions to potential problems caused by your conversion work.

A professional architect, such as those at KJM Design and Planning Services will know the areas that the building control officer is likely to be concerned over, and can help you put solutions in place at the beginning of the double garage conversion plans. For more details on how we can help, visit http://kjmdesigns.co.uk/.