We have a single garage which is attached to our (1965 built) semi. The
garage frontage is level with the front of the house. At the rear of
the house we have a large 'porch' which was installed in 1996 made of
UPVc with a solid roof (this measures about 5ft by 11ft and was
installed as the largest 'porch' we could build using a solid roof -
apparently it would have been classed as a conservatory and needed a
glass or perspex roof had it been any larger - or so the installation
company said at the time).
This 'porch' was built backing onto the garage and side on to the
kitchen like so:-
x x x
x B x
x A x x
x x x
xxxxxxxxx C x
A = kitchen
B = porch
C = garage
We removed the old back door from the kitchen (which was very shoddy and
had cheap locks) as the porch had a much more secure back door and it
enabled us to have a small table and chairs for eating, as well as
making our very small kitchen feel a lot bigger.
We would now like to make a doorway through from the porch to the
garage, section off most of the garage and make it a proper usable room
reachable via the porch. We would leave the garage door in place and
build a wall inside the garage leaving the front 6 feet or so for
storage. There would be no door through this wall, and the exterior
frontage of the house would not change (eg it would still look like a
Bearing in mind that the garage wall is only one brick thickness, so
would need to be properly insulated, and that it has a solid wood roof
with felt and tarmac (redone within the past 3 years)can any one see any
pitfalls to this plan? Also:-
1) would we need planning permission and or building regulations?
2) Electricity meter is currently at rear of garage, could we box it in
to look like a cupboard or is there some rule that says it would have to
3) We are very broke - is this likely to cost a bomb? Husband is very
useful DIY'er and not afraid to have a go at things.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you could offer.