The missus would like a utility room for the washing machine, etc
This would mean taking 1/3 of the back of the garage, currently a single
garage big enough for
one car. (I only have a motorbike and so personal use is not a problem)
Hardly anyone in our road uses their garage for a car it would seem
Would reducing the garage to 2/3rd the length effect the house value?
considering the house gains a utility room with access to the outside via a
side door, this would be a benefit, no?
Thanks in advance
If you're going to put a door into the kitchen (I take it
there isn't already a door directly into the garage from
the kitchen) then you will need to "do things" which will
depend on the existing garage floor level v. the house
floor level, the type of door, etc. The insulation may
not be an issue if you're not actually incorporating the
garage into the living area. I should look on the 'net,
and then approach your local council pen-pushers.
wrote in message>> It has one, the missus refuses to carry her washing round the side, she
That would be ok then? cool, if thats the answer and no inspectors needed or
plans or council involvement
then I'll do just that and a stud partition in the garage as a 'temporary'
option to future buyers
However, if you decide not to tell them, at least do it to spec so there are
no issues if the partition is removed. There must be a step down (or a
barrier) from the kitchen to contain petrol fumes (something like 15 or
20cm, IIRC). The door doesn't need to be external. However, it DOES need to
be a fire door. Also, either the frame or door must have intumescent strips
to seal in the smoke (or alternatively, obscenely large door stops on the
Such a door is a selling point even if the buyers prefer you to remove the
Thanks to all for your input on this one
Just one more thing,
Is there a limit to the width I can have this door between the Kitchen and
the Utility room?
Wanting to keep as much Kitchen wall space as possible
I would ask a local estate agent [ "I'm thinking of selling...(!) ] and
see what they reckon; the effect on house value may be very
area-dependent and you may get a good steer on this from an agent.
One point to consider is, is there off-road parking for a car on a
drive? That's almost as important I'd suggest; if you lose the garage
and have no off-road parking, that would be a major downer for buyers IMHO.
I'm sure I'm not the only one on this NG who "needs" a garage, but not
for keeping a car in. We actually considered a house where they'd done
this ("store room...up and over door"). It didn't put us off. The fact
that the rest of the house wasn't up to much did though.
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