• Additional storage space.
  • For those wishing to work from home, an outbuilding can provide the answer when space within the house is at a premium.
  • The cost of creating an outbuilding often equates to less than the stamp duty on an average house sell.
  • A sympathetic and well designed outside room will add value to your property.

You might want to consider information in these additional areas:

OutbuildingsDo I Need Planning Permission?

The rules governing outbuildings apply equally to sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels and many other structures incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

You will need planning permission if;

  • The outbuilding is situated forward of the existing house.
  • The outbuilding and garage are more than a single storey structure and have an eaves height greater than 2.5m and is higher than 4m with a pitched roof or 3m for any other roof.
  • The oubuilding, garage or swimming pool is located beyond the side elevation of the property and faces the highway.
  • Is within 2m of a boundary, the maximum height of any structure is greater than 2.5m.
  • The structure has a veranda, balcony or raised platform.
  • More than 50% of the land around the "original house"* is covered by additions or other buildings.

* The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so. In national parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites, the maximum area covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20m from the house is limited to 10 square metres.

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