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There’s a lot to be said for having a garage attached to your property, and it’s on many a potential home-buyer’s list of desirables when looking for a new home. Garages are not only a secure way to store your vehicle – they make excellent workshops or storage spaces for your home, or even somewhere for your children to play if you want it to be a multi-purpose area of your property. Whether you’re building a house from scratch or you want to enhance a property you already own, it’s important to think about the various considerations that come with building a garage from the ground up.

Adding Value

Garages remain a safe and consistent way to add value to a property, not least because they continue to be popular as more and more cars take to the roads. Now that the recession is behind us, and different types of finance make a better calibre of cars available to almost anyone, many are keen to keep their vehicle safe within a locked and secured area. Having a garage in place to be able to do this not only adds value to your property, but it often also lowers car insurance premiums – an attractive prospect for many.

So how much value can a garage add to a property? According to research by Nationwide, a single garage can add 11.1% to the value of a property. This means that if your home is worth £200,000 without a garage, building one could bump your asking price to £222,200. For a double garage, the leap is even greater, bringing a £200,000 home to a value of £240,800. Of course, these examples are based on research across the UK and the value which can be added may change depending on the area in which you live. Why not speak to local estate agents in your area for a better idea about how much a garage could add to your property?

Planning Permission

It’s likely that you’ll need planning permission to build a garage on your land, but in some cases it will not be required. Of course, if you live in a listed property or reside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or within a National Park then there may be further restrictions and you should always contact your local authority to confirm what you need to do prior to building the structure.

If the garage you want to build falls into one of the following categories, then it’s likely that you’ll need planning permission. Always check before beginning the build – even if you think your plans comply without the need for planning permission. You will need to apply for permission if:

  • The garage is within one metre of an existing wall of your home
  • The garage will be attached to your main property
  • More than half of the area of your garden will be covered by the garage
  • The garage goes beyond the front elevation of your home
  • The garage will be more than 3 metres high, or 4 metres if it has an apex roof.

Garage Doors

One of the main things to consider when building a new garage is the garage door. There are a huge number of designs and opening styles out there, and as it will take up a large portion of how your property looks, it’s important to get this right first time. It may be easier to work out the easiest and cheapest way of sourcing the door you want before settling on a final design for the garage building itself, as this could determine the size of the garage door opening or whether you’ll need an electricity supply to the structure. This is the part of the garage which will be the most used and noticed, so it’s important to choose a design and a size which suits your property and which is easy for you and your family to use.

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