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Does our detached garage conversion need building regulations?

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by pulsar47, 24 Mar 2021.

  1. pulsar47

    pulsar47

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    Hi all,

    As the title suggests, we're looking to have some work done on our 17m2 garage. It's detached, at the end of our garden, and currently just stone inside with three windows, a side door, a garage door, and an asbestos roof.

    We've got someone lined up to safely remove and replace the roof, and then plasterboard and insulate the interior of the garage. They'll also brick over the main garage door, and replace the side door and three windows with a PVC door and windows. We're also going to have electrics run down to the house for a socket and lights, and the floor will be levelled (and timber put down) too.

    Will this require building regulations? We've been quoted £8,000, but supposedly this will be much higher if building regulations are required. Is the builder having us on, or is this genuine? Ideally, if we can avoid higher costs, we would rather not go down the building regulations route - but we don't want the room to be unsafe or illegal.

    We plan to use the room for storage, perhaps as a gym for some yoga, and occasionally as a temporary office/hobbies room.

    I also contacted our local council about this, and they seemed to suggest it wouldn't need building regulations if the change of use was something like a home gym. But I'm worried it might, and it could affect the sale of our property in the future, which we might do in a few years.

    What do people think? Any advice appreciated! Alternatively, can we do the work now and retroactively get building regulations in future if required?
     
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  3. Bonni

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    Yes, if you're making it into a habitual room.
     
  4. frutbunn

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    If the garage is an exempt building that is it is under 30 sqm, single storey, substantially non combustible or 1m from the boundary, does not contain sleeping accommodation and it still satisfies this criteria after the alterations, B Regs will not be required even if its used for a gym/hobbies/office.
     
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