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    Garage apartment


    Hi. We have a single detached garage with workshop with a driveway up to it. We're wanting to build a flat on top of it to allow one of our children to move out! It's so expensive here. Where do we start? Do we need an architect or can a builder undertake the project for us. We're not sure what the foundations are like. There is electricity but we'll need water and gas connected.

    Asked by Diane on 21st Jun 2021
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    Assured Developments Ltd

    "Hi, yes your going to need an architect or a Builder who will sort that side out.

    Architect, Planning permission, structural calculations, permission for Gas/ water new supply's, test hole to expose footings also check the condition of the construction of the said Garage, Drainage to be assessed for linking to the existing property.

    Like our selves, Some Building contractors cover all of the above for you.

    Kind Regards Peter
    Assured Developments Ltd"

    Answered on 22nd Jun 2021 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    RCD Interiors

    "Will need permission for change of use and footings might not be deep enough"

    Answered on 22nd Jun 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    TDS Services

    "Try planners you may fall under permitted development if not you'll require planning permission. You will also need building regs. Or your builder can do it through a Building Notice."

    Answered on 22nd Jun 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    Sebastian Pop

    "first of all you need a project ,so an architect to do all the project than you will need council approval. Only after that you will contact an constructor ."

    Answered on 4th Sep 2021 - Member since Sep 2018 - report

    "Hi it depends on the foundations and walls of the existing structure. There’s a pretty good chance that recently constructed garages (from the 1990s onwards), if built by the original developers along with the house, will have foundations of sufficient depth to  support additional loadings — assuming of course that they complied with the Building Regulations. 

    Your local authority building control should be able to provide copies of the original approved drawings showing the depth and type of foundations, along with the completion certificate issued when the build was finished. 

    Advice start with building regulations."

    Answered on 11th Jul 2021 - Member since Jan 2016 - report
    Frog Building Services

    "You need to check the footings to see if they are deep enough to take another story but yes the builder can plan it for you but you will need building regulations"

    Answered on 22nd Jun 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    BL Developments

    "Hi yes you will need to instruct an architect and also building regs may also need a surveyor to check the foundations hope this helps"

    Answered on 22nd Jun 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report

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