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Rebuild or remove garage

Our house has a detached garage which sits about 10 foot behind and to the side of the house. It is accessed via a shared, gated entry which is 5 foot 10 inches wide. It has a set of double doors to the front, leading to the shared entry which is bounded by the house and a diagonal fence connecting corners of the house and garage. It also has a side door from the garden for access. The survey advised that the garage roof needs to be replaced due to damaged asbestos. The doors and windows are also wood which has been damaged so need replacing. An electrician has advised that complete rewiring is required. Should we rebuild the garage (costing several thousand pounds) or remove it and extend the garden (adding a reasonably sized storage shed)? There is room for 3 cars on our drive but the garage may add value to the house. If we remove the garage, we will ask our neighbors about creating an l-shaped fence for more space, possibly installing storage units along the side of the house.

Asked on Mar 5 2018, Home Improvement in Southend-on-Sea | Report content

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  • Hello - I would imagine that adding garage extra space (despite the cost) would boost the value of your house more than 3 external car parking spaces / garden. Sounds like you're going to have to do sort the garage to remove the asbestos and damaged wood anyway. But I still think having space for cars is important so perhaps you could find some kind of half-way point? Alternatively, if you could get the extra space (with your neighbours permission) - could you maybe have some kind of shelter for vehicles at the side of the property and then have the storage units you mentioned? That way you can gain all the extra space and still have sheltered car parking. Sorry if I'm missing the picture here. If you're willing to, would be great to see an aerial shot to explore the possibilities.

    Answered on Mar 6 2018, Report content
  • Thanks for the comment. The intention of knocking down the garage would be to create more garden room. The parking spaces are at the front of the house and completely separate. The gap between the houses is too tight for a car, so the garage is pretty much just a leaky shed. I think I would prefer to remove it and just build storage at the side of the house and a good size shed, but I’m worried it will reduce the value of the house.

    Answered on Mar 7 2018, Report content
  • Who uses a garage for cars these days? If it has value then it is because it is a storage space with potential to extend as living space. So if you are willing to spend money on it, best to think in terms of making it fit for future extension rather than just a garage/shed. Which leads to the question: is whether making it into garden space is a good idea? You will probably have less issues with planning if you are rebuilding a garage than if you want to build on a garden even if it was previously a garage. With parking space on a drive for three cars that should be enough to satisfy the planners assuming a normal 3/4 bedroom house, though watch out for a requirement for 'visibility spays' especially if you are on a busy road.

    Answered on Mar 7 2018, Report content
  • If the garage is just a leaky shed then it's probably best just to rebuild it as a storage area / shed. I don't think it will reduce the value of the house as you still have the extra space and, as "quip" states, potential for future extension (subject to planning).

    Answered on Mar 9 2018, Report content

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