If your garage is attached to your home and has turn out to be a storage space for items your infrequently use, then a garage conversion is worth bearing in mind. It would add vibrant extra living space to your home (and also about 10% on to the value of your property) and there would be no need to move or lose any garden space.
A beautiful garage conversion seldom needs planning permission (unless you live in a Conservation Area or listed building), but it will require cautious deliberation to guarantee the new space works well with your existing property.
A garage conversion falls under permitted development — mainly if you are not changing the genuine structure of the building. Even though it is worth checking that there’s no planning circumstances attached to the garage (i.e., that it must remain as parking) — if conditions are attached, you will need to apply to have these removed.
However, if you are converting a separate, stand-alone garage as opposed to an integral one, then you may have to apply for a change of use. You will almost certainly need planning permission to convert your garage if your property is listed or you live in a Conservation Area.
We can offer full advice on all you need to know about adapting your garage into a usable room, from costs and Building Regulations through to effective heating and plumbing choices for the new space.