What are the practicalities of converting a kitchen into a garage?
I am looking to buy a house, and have to have one with a garage. One which I
am looking at, which is going for the right sort of money, has no garage, so
I am thinking of moving the current kitchen into the dining room, to create
a kitchen diner sort of thing, and converting the kitchen to a garage.
The house is in need of fairly extensive renovation, so moving the kitchen
will probably not be any more work than repairing the current one. Also the
back of the house, where all the work would be, still has the old single
glazed wooden/rotten frames, which will all need replacing.
Not much work at all.
Steel lintel inserted below any first floor stuff over the door, and
attention to gas and soundproofing the garage so exhaust fumes don't
And probably a new door into rest of the house.
In looking for the proper answer (rather than what I assumed), I found this:
"Self-Closing Devices will no longer be required in houses, with the
exception of the fire door between a house and an integral garage."
Then what I was looking for:
"An Integral Garage within a house currently requires a 100mm step to
prevent the spillage of fuel and vapours entering the dwelling. A new
alternative approach is to allow a sloping floor in the garage,
encouraging any spillage to run away from the internal door."
But on reading, could that step be a wall rather than a step down? I
remember there was a thread some time ago but have forgotten if that was
a valid interpretation.
However, I then read rest of thread and realised RoI... But the logic
applies, whether or not the actual regulations do.
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Not really - it's to do with the spilling of flamable liquids - and in the
case of a car powered by LPG, if there there is a leak there, the gas being
heavier than air will sink down below the level of the house floor lessening
the risk of an explosion.
Put succinctly - its part of the fire regs for attached garages.
The door must be at least an 1/2 hour firecheck fitted with intumescent
strips (and I believe it can only be fitted into a separate hallway rather
than directly into a room) - and the job is subject to Building Control
regulations - and possibly planning ones as well.
Bugger, that might knacker some plans I had as well - we're a few
weeks away from completing on a repossessed house, and there's no
entry to the house via the garage at present.
We wanted to create one in a *perfectly* placed blank bit of wall into
I wonder if a standard double-glazed front door would class as 1/2
hour fire resistant :-}
Possibly [and only possibly], but only if fitted with georgian wired glass -
and the door and frame are *not* made of PVCu - and it would still not pass
building regs if it goes directly into the kitchen.
My advice would be to contact the Building Control Department of your local
council and initially get some general advice on the subject (to me, that
would be absolutely essential by the way) as you will also need to comply
with certain fire regulations.
That's not a utility room, that's a corridor with a washing machine in
I've seen a similar situation in an architect designed house so imagine
it is ok, perhaps the prohibition is for entry into 'proper' rooms
(kitchen, lounge, bedroom etc).
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That's exactly the layout I have, which passed BRs, alas 22 years ago. 1/2
hour fire door required, and 150mm step down into the garage. Ceiling had to
be 1/2 hour fire resistant, 12.5 PB and skim, or two (staggered) layers of
Thanks for the feedback - as it's already a garage, the ceiling should
probably already be up to spec (although you wouldn't think it when
you see the master bedroom above it, as you can see through to the
garage through the edge of the skirting where the consumer unit is) -
and there's no issue over allowing a step :-)
Reply received as follows:
You would need to submit a building regulation application for the
alteration, as it comprises work as described under the Building
If the garage is to be retained as a garage you would need to fit a
Fire Door and frame.
The work could be done on a Building Notice you can find further info
on the (council).gov.uk website.
I'd suggest phoning your local Building Control Officer. Ours are
extremely helpful and knowledgeable. If the house is one of many similar
ones, they will probably already know enough to advise you as to the
difficulty of conversion. You would, after all, have to get their
approval for such a project.
The ceiling of the to be garage will need an extra layer of plasterboard
and skim to meet fire control requirements as well.
Moving a kitchen will probably involve electrics and hence stir the part
P dragon. Which if you need to involve building control anyway may not
be much of an issue.
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