Outbuilding Plans and Drawings Birmingham
When you need more space but don’t want to move home to get it, one potential solution is to convert an outbuilding on your property – such as a garage – into a living space that you can use.
Most people think of things like stables and barns when they think about outbuildings, but the term covers any kind of outdoor building including coal sheds, outside toilets, and garages. It’s not just rural properties that have outbuildings. A conversion of these outbuildings allow you to build a garden room, home office, guest room, playroom, or greenhouse.
While there are many different things you can turn your outbuilding into, it needs to be upgraded to meet the standard requirements for “material change of use” if you plan on turning it into habitable space. That means that you need to have the structure insulated and that the glass in windows and doors is double glazed. You also need to make sure that any electrics, heating, and plumbing adheres to building regulations.
How much time and money it takes to complete the conversion depends on the type of building that you are converting, and what it will be converted into. Things like summer rooms and greenhouses are the cheapest and fastest options, as they don’t require amenities such as heating and plumbing. The conversion process here involves ensuring the building is structurally secure and well ventilated.
If you want to use the outbuilding around the year, then you may need proper lighting and heating to make the room comfortable. If it’s going to be something like a guest living area, a home office, a playroom, or a studio, then you should consider adding electrical sockets, running water, and internet access. That way you – or your guests – have everything they need to stay comfortable and do what they need to do.
No matter what kind of conversion you go with though, you will require outbuilding plans and drawings. These plans and drawings give you, contractors, and the local authority a clear picture of what you plan to do. Not every development will require full planning permission, but some do.
If you need someone to put together outbuilding plans and drawings and help with the planning application process, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Thomasters Design today.