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    Question Garage Conversion

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    Hello. I am in a new build. Timber frame construction and I am looking to convert my Garage into a usable room. Possibly a study/bedroom/utility room:

    - new build house
    - replace big garage door with window(s)
    - wall to match rest of building
    - access door, either from hall or kitchen
    - make inside habitable (warmth, floor, decorable)
    - power points, radiator
    - possibly split into 2 rooms (utility, office)

    Any advice on the inside walls would be appreciated.

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    Hi E, Do you have a surveyor or building contractor with plans already? There will be plumbing, electrical, and joinery work to do before the walls can be built. Its your choice to decide whats best for your house and budget, see this thread for more info regarding prices and the finished article. http://www.tapingandjointing.com/for...hread.php?t=33
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    :iagree: You will need to finish the walls with plaster or ames taping if you want to make it a habitable room. See the link above.


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    Quote Originally Posted by the_tapeinator View Post
    Hi E, Do you have a surveyor or building contractor with plans already?
    Thanks guys. I have nothing in place. Do I need Planning Permission to convert my garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Web Man Walking View Post
    Thanks guys. I have nothing in place. Do I need Planning Permission to convert my garage?

    E.
    Asked your question to a local bricklayer. He reckons you need no planning permission as long as the shape of the building doesn't change, ie: add an extra storey or dormer windows etc as the foundations would need be to be dug down deeper around the garage door area. Any brickwork and/or harling would need to blend in with the existing and surrounding buildings.

    You will probably need a building warrant and he recommends calling your local council before you start. Should only take a few minutes of your time and they will be able to point you in the right direction regarding any documentation you need.

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    Each local authority has different criteria for extensions and renovations.
    I once seen a house extension demolished because it was too close to a neighbours boundary fence. Better check with them before you begin, just in case it has to come down again.

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