Garages that form part of a house extension - should they still be built?
Some house extensions will incorporate a single or double garage but these are becoming
less and less of a requirement from homeowners these days due to the overriding requirement for more habitable room
space rather than a very expensive brick built structure to simply house a car or to use the area for rough
If you do want to incorporate a garage within your house extension I would ask every householder to challenge
and reconsider their current thinking for such an expensive item before implementing it into the design. When I
have done this with many of my own clients what often comes back as the homeowners answer to wanting a garage is
that they thought it would devalue the property if their house was not able to offer a garage to the next set of
When I go on to explain that for their type of property, having usable habitable room space for a defined
amenity or use or even making an existing room larger is more desirable to most homeowners rather than as a space
to store a car that, in reality, would probably be used more as rough storage space.
Provided the house (semi-detached, terrace or even detached) can accommodate an element of easy to use off road
car parking space for between 1 and three cars depending upon the properties size then that’s all most homeowners
If the property is a detached house within a rural location on a large plot then garaging can be seen as a very
important part of the sites value but these are very often detached garages rather than attached garages and those
that are attached are very often converted within 10 years to a habitable room.