Can you turn your garage into a bar?

Mar 2024 | Garage Conversions

If you enjoy entertaining, a garage bar conversion is a great idea.

You can relax with your guests in a comfy space with your favourite drinks and no one needs to queue! Even if it’s just you and the family, it’s a lovely treat to have your own bar. you’re not using your garage for parking the car and you’re looking for a cost-effective way to increase living space, this is the place to begin – and it adds value to your home as well.

Do you need planning permission to convert a garage into a bar in 2024?

UK law allows you to make internal renovations without planning permission. This is known as permitted development, and provided the exterior of the garage remains unchanged you probably don’t need any additional permissions.

It’s also important your garage bar conversion is for domestic use only – you can’t invite the neighbours around and charge them for drinks. However, permitted development doesn’t automatically apply to every property.

If work has already been done under your permitted development rights, you may not be able to do any more without planning permission.

Don’t forget the neighbours

You’ll probably want to add windows or change the access for your garage bar conversion, but this mustn’t intrude on your neighbour’s privacy.

In addition, your conversion mustn’t cause any structural problems for their property.

Listed buildings and conservation areas

If your home is listed and/or located in a conservation area, you’re legally obliged to follow the regulations for your property or location.

You may still be able to convert your garage in these cases but it’s almost certain you’ll need planning permission.

Never assume, wherever you live. Regulations are specific for each house or area, so always check with your local council before starting any new project.

Garage bar conversions with DK Building

At DK Building, our experienced and friendly team will guide you through the entire process.

We’ll discuss everything clearly and thoroughly so you’ll know exactly what to expect – cost, design, timescale and building process will all be laid out.

Planning applications, building control inspections and structural engineering reports may be required.

These are done by external bodies at additional cost, but we know who you need to deal with and will advise you every step of the way.

How much does it cost to turn your garage into a bar?

Every project is different so overall costs vary.

Generally, a garage bar conversion starts at £30,000 plus VAT but the final amount depends on your needs and budget.

At DK Building we put customer service and satisfaction at the heart of everything we do.

You can be assured we’ll find the right garage conversion solution for your requirements and your wallet.

DK Building: Reliable, friendly, experienced

If you live in Warrington, Liverpool or the Wirral and you’re looking for a top-quality garage bar conversion to a living space delivered with exceptional customer service, or just some garage conversion ideas, then look no further.

Contact us today

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