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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:57 pm 
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Hi folks
New to the forums so I thought I'd just jump straight in at the deep end! I'm not in the building trade (welder by trade) but have a reasonable level of knowledge and currently renovating a house.
Anyway, I'm looking for advice on what to do with an attached garage.
Having recently moved into a house that has needed a lot of work doing we have an attached garage to the side that is made of asbestos and is built right onto mine and my neighbours boundary.
The structure of this has seen better days and is close to falling down.
Ideally we would like to have an extension on the side however this is not financially possible for the forseable future.
I have considered a concrete sectional building and had quotes, however my only reservation for this is having to get rid of it when I do get round to having an extension built.
So my other option is to have built a single skin garage out of blocks with a view to have this converted in a few years time. Now my concerns are, is it possible to add another skin to make it a cavity wall at a later date and how can I go about it so that it would pass regulations for a living space conversion in a few years time. I don't want to delve into talking to building control/planning or builders/surveyors just yet.
Any advice would be most appreciated


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Its a bit tricky, an extension needs building regs which requires a number of inspection during the build. It is not always easy to convert a structure from exekpt to compliant retrospectively.

Having said that, garage conversions are quite common, so it can be done, although many are built without regs.

If you do it, you will need foundations that comply otherwise later on you will have to dig them out and start from scratch.

I was going to suggest build your own timber structure, which is feasible although it would need to be clad in marley eternit board to meet non combustable material part ofbuilding regs as near to a boundary.

Ive suggested timber, as its something that can be built in a way that could allow you to upgrade in the future to current building reg requirements. And something you could possibly build youself. Bear in mind though, it would prob need a structural engineer to ensure it is built to have tbe lateral stability spec for a habitable home.

Much depends on whether the existing structure is on a proper foundation and whether the floor can be upgraded to meet regs.

Certainly its worth investigating and costing out.


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Thanks for the reply,
I had thought about the foundations as I know this is one of the inspections for an extension. Is this something an architect would be able to draw up do you know, in regards to knowing how deep to go etc?


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