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What To Consider When Adding A Garage To Your Bungalow

There are many things to consider when building a new garage for your home, and this is especially apparent when the garage is being built next to a bungalow. Bungalows are a popular housing type in the UK, with many being situated in the suburbs of large towns and cities, and further single storey properties found in rural areas. Bungalows were adopted by the British as a viable housing option in the 1900s after inspiration was gained from Bengal. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that they became popular. Although they are popular with homeowners, bungalows are not viewed favourably by planners and you would be hard pushed to find approval to build a new one now, as it is deemed to be a ‘low density’ housing option which doesn’t make the best use of the land available. As the population rises and affordable homes garner more demand, higher density housing like apartments and modern terraces are being built. If you are lucky enough to live in a bungalow, then it’s important to use the space you have wisely, and take the uniqueness of your situation into account when planning a garage on your land.

Attached or Unattached?

The first question you need to ask yourself is whether the garage will be directly attached to your home or whether it will be a ‘free standing’ structure on the land surrounding your property. Space issues may mean the first option is your only option, and if this is the case then you will require planning permission from your local authority. Even if your new bungalow garage is not going to be attached to your home, you should always check with your nearest planning authority to see if you need to apply for permissions. To build without checking your local planning laws means that you could be slapped with a hefty fine and told to demolish what you’ve built at your own cost.

Space & Noise

Consider the space which will be taken up by the garage and how much it’s going to change the look of your property. Bungalows are small, so a large garage may look imposing or strange. If you have an architect involved in designing the structure for you, ask them for an artist’s rendition of what it will look like when finished. Something that you’ll need to consider is noise. If the garage is to be attached to your property, then the operation of the garage door and the activities of anyone using the garage may be heard through the walls. It’s therefore advisable to avoid building the garage so that it’s attached to a bedroom or similar.

Garage Door

The garage door is the main part of your garage and the one thing others will focus on when looking at this new addition to your property’s footprint. For that reason, it’s important that you choose a door which you not only love, but which suits the general look and style of your bungalow. For older properties, panelled or timber designs help you to stay in keeping with the era in which your home was built. Next, you should consider what type of garage door would be best for you. Here at VPS247 we have Canopy, Sectional, Tracked, Roller and Side Hinged garage doors available in a huge variety of sizes and finishes. Explore our garage range for yourself to work out which type of door is best for you.

Location & Style

When it comes to constructing a bungalow garage, where it is situated and the style of the construction/brickwork etc. ca make a big difference to the overall impact of the building. When discussing with architects/contractors about the build, it’s important to state your views from the beginning, so that mistakes aren’t made which are costly to reverse. For instance, if you want your garage to include the same decorative features as the exterior of your home, then you should specify this from the very first meeting. All details should be submitted to your local planning authority (if applicable) from these initial stages as well.