Extending Over a Garage: How Easy Is It?

extending over a garage offered new space for this home
(Image credit: Shomera Architecture)

Extending over a garage can make a lot of sense if you’re planning a new full height extension to your home. By making the most of the space you’ve already got, it should be possible to reap significant savings in construction costs since the foundations and lower walls are already in place. 

From a planning perspective, reducing the extent of the new construction means your proposed extension should appear less bulky and voluminous, and therefore more likely to gain permission. 

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.