Types of Conversion
The amount of time, money and effort that you will need to convert your outbuilding will depend on the type of building that you hope to convert and what you intend to use it for. The cheapest options can be a summer garden room or a greenhouse (which would not need heating, plumbing or electrics). In these cases the existing fabric of the building will need to be structurally secure and have proper ventilation.
If you plan on using the outbuilding all year round the building may also need to have a functioning heating and lighting system. If the outbuilding will be used as a guest annexe or as a home office, artist’s studio or children’s playroom you might also want to install electric sockets, internet access and running water, so that you can make a cup of tea and use computer equipment or other electrical goods.
You should make a careful assessment of what amenities you think you will need before you proceed. Calculate the costs of buying and installing all of the services you will require, including the cost of qualified tradesmen.
Some developments do not require full planning permission and are covered within Permitted Development. For further information or help on a project please contact us and we will be happy to advise you and discuss your project requirements in greater detail.