Introduction to building a garage

A garage is often used to hide our unwanted items as well as protect our treasure. Its amazing how much people will miss having the extra space and in some cases a garage is vital.

Free project check list – Here are a few things to think about when dreaming about a new garage.

  • Planning Permission: Planning permission for a garage is not always a requirement if you work within the confines of the permitted development rules. Check the rules here.

  • Building regulation/control for a Garage Building control sign off is not always required for a stand alone garage as long as you meet the following requirements set here.

However if you build a garage joining to the existing house and have an access point you will require building control approval.

  • 1) Discuss Ideas and dreams for your garage This is the stage that we want to learn everything about you and your dream. What would you like to happen? Where will the work be carried out? What is the outline of the proposed construction? How do you want it to look? Who will use it ? Have you had any drawings made by an architect? If we secure some of the basic facts about your dreams it will make the Architect check and pre-planning work more of an easy process keeping costs to a minimum.

  • 2) Architect check and pre-planning work Do you have an architect ? Our architect is one of the most important members of the team and they are fully qualified and come with a wealth of experience. If we can learn as much as possible from you at the start we will be able to reduce the time spent on re-drawing, re-designing and submitting your garage project.

You don’t have to work with our architect… We are geared to work with any architect organisation that adopts modern day practices so please put us in touch with them as soon as possible so can work together.

  • 3. Concept design, drawings and first estimate After understanding what your garage looks like and we will present different ideas to you that both the architect and us believe would be suitable to move forward. Depending on how complex the work would be drawings are typically created and we engage you as our client.

At this stage we can provide a good idea on costings for your garage.

  • 4. Planning & Building control application After we agree a specification for your garage we can then apply for full planning consent (if required) and obtain pricing from either the local authorities, building control department or from our chosen private firm of inspectors.

Obtaining planning permission can be a lengthy process and its important that we have as much information in the previous steps as possible, so the architect can get the application right and in as quickly as possible.

  • 5. Full costings estimate When the planning consent is granted for your garage we will have a firm set of instructions to finalise a price for you and will submit a complete estimate/quotation.

  • 6. Work starts At this stage our team will arrive on site to start work on your garage Prior to this we must provide information to the building inspector with a start date and get permission to start.

Our team are hired for their talents and their willingness to please our customers. We take health and safety extremely seriously and take every step to minimise accidents. To date we have not had any reported or un reported site accidents.

  • 7. Client checks/Time for additions When your garage project nears completion, we will arrange to walk you around the development and discuss everything and ensure you are happy. This is the point that we will invite you to suggest changes for extras as well as discuss how closely we are meeting your dreams.

  • 8. Work completed The day is here ! We have all waited for this day to arrive and finally it has. On the morning of completion your project manager will attend site, direct the cleaners, make sure our team have completed everything and ensure the project is ready to present. We want this to be one of the happiest days of your life.

If you would like to explore having an garage built please contact your local Stotto office on 0116 2691240 or contact us here.

The Leicestershire office covers: Ashby de la Zouch & The National Forest, Hinckley & Market Bosworth, Blaby, Loughborough & Charnwood, Leicester, Oadby & Wigston, Melton Mowbray & Vale of Belvoir, Market Harborough & Lutterworth.

Specialists in all aspects of Building Garages