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We tried hard to find photos of decent over garage extensions but found loads of really poorly designed ones instead. I’m not sure whose fault it is or how homeowners end up with such poor quality extensions but the one thing I can say is that if you are planning an over garage extension don’t make mistakes like the ones in the photos below.

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Example: A disastrous over garage extension. This is a good example of what can happen when you add an extension without an architect or involving building control...


The photo above represents an over garage extension built on old garage walls with little or no foundations. Most garage walls are only single brick or block, are built on short foundations and are nowhere near capable of supporting an additional floor above. The lesson here is simple, check out the garage to determine the quality of the build before you start your project.

Another point of concern relating to that particular photo is that it is almost certain that there was no architect or building control officer involved in the build. This of course means that it  was all down to the builder and the client.

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Example: An over garage extension that represents poor value for money. This extension adds nothing to the value of the property...

My question relating to the photo above is why bother? The extension would have costs quite a few thousand to build but delivered little or no space in return. The only reason anyone wants to spend 25k to 50k on an extension is to get another room. In the photo above the homeowner ended up with little more than cupboard.

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Example: The main house roof needs to be extended over the extension and the canopy above the garage door removed...

The photo above represents one of the poorest over garage extension designs that I’ve seen; a complete disaster. How on earth could anyone put a roof like that on an over garage extension? An extension of this ilk will in fact lower the value of your property and make it impossible to sell.

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Another monstrosity. What is it? I can’t believe they went to the trouble to match up the fake Tudor beams and lead light glass and still delivered such a poor overall design. What about the gate in the middle of the garden?

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Okay, this one isn’t quite so bad. They tried hard to match up the extension by re-roofing the entire house but the window in the extension lets them down as it is not in keeping with the windows on the main house.

The whole aim of an architect when designing an over garage extension is to make it difficult to determine if the property has been extended.

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Now here we have a great example of how to extend a property with an over garage extension. Just look a the transformation from a dull detached property to a substantial detached property with garage.

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Example: Easily the best example of an over garage extension on this page. The architect has added every detail to ensure it really matches the main house....

I saved this one until last because it was the best photo of an over garage extension that I could find. Everything blends in seamlessly and it is clear that it would really good value.

So remember, if you want to extend over the garage make sure that it is designed well to blend in and if possible increase the size of the extension so that you can extend the existing roof over the top and that way it should blend in better and give you  a decent size extension. Whatever you do, don’t put a flat roof on the extension or build on the existing garage without having it inspected first.


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