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Can i pick a few brains about converting a coach house/ garage?



  • blushingbride_3
    macman wrote: »
    The oil tank and meter will have no impact on the classification. It has it's own entrance, washing and cooking facilities, clearly it will be a separate dwelling and as such separately assessable for council tax etc.

    OK thanks :) will be shared entrance with the house, but i know what u mean & having seperate utilities is better for us anyway :)
  • mark55man
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    remember to keep sweet with your new neighbours :rotfl:
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  • a_j_mair
    a_j_mair Posts: 114 Forumite
    edited 18 December 2009 at 1:17PM
    If you are wanting to convert it the best bet is to get some drawings done to decide on layout etc before you start. once you have that clear in your mind you will need to get a new planning application for change of use form redundant building to form dwelling or from office to dwelling

    The you need to decide on spec, i.e. underfloor heating etc

    The walls will require insulating, the best way of doing old buildings is

    dig out floors, lay new 150mm concrete floor slab thickened to 300mm from edges 450mm out from existing wall
    min 75mm insulation
    UH in 60mm screed

    The internal walls should have a small brick built wall to finish floor level where all internal partitions are so these can be bolted down

    External walls should be min 100mm TP10 or the likes timber kit

    You will need DPM,s and DPC,s in floor and walls

    As others have said you need to take into consideration drainage, foul and surface. Sewer or septic tank? Electrics? water? gas?

    The best option is to get an architect on board who has experience with conversion of old buildings and they will be able to explain and answer any questions

    Conversion of old buildings is more hassle and expensive than new build so be warned

    you often open a can of worms
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