Step 2: Design & Planning
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- Design & Planning
The team at Create-Room can originate full working drawings and structural calculations for your proposed garage conversion.
We will demonstrate our experience when preparing your plans. They will be originated to provide you the maximum space achievable while being considerate to the existing property. We will consider all relevant approvals required so that they are considered in the design of your garage conversion.
Garage design is specialised and many draughtsman do not consider ambiguous elements such as creating adequate head height, when converting your garage. We have the experience so that we consider all factors.
We have numerous garages that we have previously converted for you to look at. This may help when deciding on a final design for your garage conversion.
An appointment will be made and one of our experienced Surveyors will visit your property. Accurate measurements & dimensions of the existing dwelling are recorded and photographic evidence of your existing property will be taken.
This will enable us to be sympathetic with the existing property when designing your proposed conversion. Preliminary drawings will then be originated in accordance with your specific requirements.
The preliminary drawings will be presented to you for your approval. Any amendments in the design or layout can be made at this point.
Once you are happy with the plans, Full working plans will be originated incorporating a structural layout. Full, working structural calculations will be originated.
- Building Regulations
If you are considering a garage conversion you will need to find out if planning permission is required for any of the work that you intend to carry out on the building. Many people assume that planning permission is required as standard for all garage conversions – however, only around 10% of all garage conversions will require local authority planning permission. To this end, it’s important to check with your local authority before you commence with any garage building or conversion work.
Planning permission rules have changed somewhat in recent years. New regulations came into effect on 1 October 2008 specifying that the majority of garage conversions do not require planning permission, providing that the work is internal and that the conversion does not involve making the garage any larger in size. Generally speaking, the majority of properties will have permitted development rights allowing for certain types of work.
Permitted development is a categorisation of any work that can be performed without the need to obtain planning permission first. The majority of garage conversions will automatically fall into this category. However, some properties may have had their permitted development rights removed at the time of their original build. In these cases, planning permission will need to be applied for prior to a garage conversion.
If you are planning a garage conversion project and you are not sure about planning permission, if it is required for your project, or what it means, you will need to contact your local authority for more advice. Naturally, planning permission rules will differ depending on a number of factors, including the type of garage that you own, its location (i.e. if it is attached to your home or it is an independent structure) and the work that you are intending to carry out on it (i.e. the intended purpose for the space).
It is very important to check if planning permission is required before you commence with any conversion work on your garage. If you fail to do this, and find out at a later date that planning permission was required – you may be required by law to reverse any work that you have already completed. This must be done at your own cost so it can obviously be a very expensive and time-consuming task. Your local authority should be able to answer any questions that you have about planning permission in relation to your conversion.
Prior to starting the project, we will also need to check any building regulations that apply to your conversion and how we must adhere to them.
Follow our simple 4 step process when carrying out a garage conversion: