Long time reader, first time poster.....so be gentle with me, lol. I'm in the very early stages of planning a new office/games room+garage, but I'm pretty ignorant (at the moment) in all things building and this place seemed the perfect place to ask for advice as it's pretty obvious there are a lot of extremely clued up people in here. I'll try to briefly outline what I want, and you guys (and girls) can hopefully tell me what is or isn't realistic and maybe even put a rough estimate of costs on it too. My garden is 26 feet wide. I want to put up a brick and block building across the entire width of the garden with the rear wall being on the property boundary and the building will have a depth of 20ft. The building is to be divided into a garage on one side and an office/games room on the other. I originally wanted to fit a 2 post ramp to the garage but after reading the planningportal it seems that I will be limited to a max height of 2.5 meters, so this leaves me no option but to go for an inspection pit instead. Given that there's nothing standing on the intended site at the moment, this should mean that installing a pit should be easier than digging out of an existing concrete floor, right? I work for a builders merchants so I can get materials for cost. I have friends in all trades so mates rates will apply. I'm led to believe that as this will be an outbuilding (and at a depth of 20ft the completed structure will still be 38ft away from the house) then no planning or building control will be required. I don't even know if what I have in mind is realistic, never mind possible.....nor do I have a good idea on costs. I've been told to seek out a freelance architect, but before spending money I'd like to hear any and all opinions from the members. Thanks for reading.