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BUILDING FABRIC & EXTERIORS


More than just a garage


Andrew Guppy of The Classic Barn Company discusses the options and considerations when specifying a detached garage


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arages may not immediately seem like the most interesting part of a self-build, but with a little imagination and creativity, adding a detached garage to your project can make a huge difference. The days of ‘bog standard’ square buildings with plain up-and-over doors are gone and garages can present a perfect opportunity to express your personality through design choices.


THE BENEFITS


Storage is one of the most important factors with any home and with the correct approach, adding an outbuilding can enhance the presentation of your new home by providing that much- needed storage space, avoiding clutter in the house.


Clients also don’t always recognise that adding a well-designed and well- built garage will often increase the value of their home and in doing so offset more of the build cost by putting the value back into their estate. This theory was tested on ITV series The Home


september/october 2017


Game in March 2017 – a client’s house was valued independently before and after the addition of an attractive outbuilding to prove it adds value.


PLANNING & REGULATIONS Of course there are a couple of important legal requirements that need to be considered before beginning work on a detached garage. The first thing that needs to be given some thought is planning permission. In some circumstances home owners wont need planning permission to add an outbuilding as it can be built under permitted development rights. However, a particular set of requirements must be met for it to fall under these rights. For example the building must have a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and the overall height must be kept below 4 metres if it has a dual-pitched roof. This will of course influence the style of the outbuilding. For this reason, self-builders are generally better off seeking advice from professional providers who can offer attractive


solutions. For those who wish to check these requirements, downloadable checklists are available online from various websites.


The other important legal


consideration is Building Regulations. If the floor area of your outbuilding will fall between 15 m2


and 30 m2 , you will not


normally be required to apply for Building Regulations approval – providing that the building contains no sleeping accommodation and is either at least one metre from any boundary or is constructed of substantially non- combustible materials.


If your garage size is going to exceed these markers then most reputable suppliers should ensure all of their working standards meet the necessary Building Regulations.


COSTS & MATERIALS


Naturally cost is an important factor with any aspect of your self-build. The cost of building a detached garage will vary greatly depending on the decisions and choices you make. For those on a tighter


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