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Building over single skin garage - help!

Discussion in 'Building' started by gresforddragon, 26 Feb 2014.

  1. gresforddragon

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    Hi, new on here and after some advice. I'd like to build an extra room over our single skin double garage. I realise that the walls in their current state won't be strong enough but building a second skin internally would be difficult due to all of the mains coming in through one wall and a boiler being on the wall. Are there any other options?

    I'm guessing it's either using some sort of steel structure or possibly building a second skin externally - the latter I'm guessing would be problematic.

    Limited on budget so just trying to work out options.

    Cheers
     
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    You would need to employ a structural engineer to offer you advice and do the structural calculations for you.
     
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    We have piers at the corners and steels over to make up the extra skin.
     
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    I have done a couple of these in the past , you can build up brick piers and stick a steel on top , at joist level , you will need to check your footings depth though
     
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    Thanks. House is built on a concrete float foundation which garage is on too, so that shouldn't be a problem.

    Is that way overly expensive compared to just building a second skin?
     
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    no I would think cheaper ,and easier due to your services ( electric boiler )
     
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