Do you need planning permission to turn a garage into a room?

Garage Conversion Exterior-converting your garage

When you need some extra space in your home, there are several solutions. You could extend your home with a conservatory, orangery or traditional brick-built extension. You could install space saving solutions such as wall-mounted shelving to free up floor space. One of the most popular and effective ways to increase your living space, however, is to convert your garage.

Converting your garage into a usable living space

Garages are designed as sheltered spaces to park a car. In reality, however, only a small percentage of homeowners use their garage for their car. Garages usually become a dumping ground for all sorts of miscellaneous objects from bikes and lawnmowers to unwanted toys and broken white goods. So why not transform your garage into a useful living area?

A converted garage can be used as almost any type of room. It can become an additional lounge or living room, it can function as an extra bedroom, playroom, gym or dining area. And a very popular use of the new space is for a Home Office.

Will I require planning permission to convert my garage?

Garage Conversion Interior

Garage conversions are very popular and in our experience planning permission is most often required but we take care of that. We’ll contact the local authority on your behalf so you don’t need to worry about any potential setbacks.

Sometimes, a previous planning permission on a property may have a condition attached that states that the garage must remain as a parking space. If this is the case with your home, you will need to apply for planning permission to have the condition removed or altered. The local council will then assess whether removing the garage as a parking space will have a negative impact on road safety in the local area.

Bespoke integrated and detached garage conversions

At Oakley Green, we have helped hundreds of homeowners to convert their garages into usable living spaces. Whether your garage is attached to the main property or stands alone, we will work with you to design an extra room to meet all your specifications. A detached garage, in particular, can be great as a ‘granny flat’ or guest bedroom.

If you’d like to find out more about converting your garage, contact Oakley Green today. Give us a call on 01635 877 959 or send us a message online.