Incorporating an outbuilding to your property can offer a range of benefits for your everyday life, both practical and financial. 
As outbuildings are a versatile asset which can be customised to your exact requirements within the design process, they have the potential to form almost any space you'd need, want or desire. From a dedicated gym, office, studio, workshop or even an annexe for family/guests, outbuildings are an ideal way to add value, storage and a purpose-built structure to your property. 
Even after the build is finished, an outbuilding can be transformed and re-purposed very easily. If your outdoor office space needs to turn into a guest house or gym, this can be achieved in a short space of time with minimal disruption along the way. 

Building an Outbuilding 

Whilst most of the designs for an outbuilding are completed from scratch, there are some factors which should be included as a part of the design and build process.  
Firstly, the overall structure should ideally be no taller than 3.0m in height and the lower the roof pitch, the smoother the Planning Application should be. Our recommendation is to strive for a design which will have minimal impact to any neighbouring properties. 
Also, if the outbuilding itself will be used for habitable purposes, there will be a little more information required for the Building Regulations approval - don't worry about this though, we can handle this for you as a part of our design services. 
It may also be beneficial to inform your house insurance provider of the additional structure you are looking to develop, and enquire with them to see whether this could have an impact on your current policy. 
And, as a given, once the designs have been proposed, there should be enough amenity space after the outbuilding structure (and any accompanying decking) has been constructed, as well as approximately 1m around the sides and rear of the structure for any maintenance needed. 

What’s Your Budget? 

At the time of writing this (November 2023), the average cost for an Outbuilding installation is usually somewhere between £7,000 and £50,000, according to Checkatrade.com. 
The budget can be influenced by the style of Outbuilding which the design is geared towards, such as whether the space will be a habitable space, working space, or as a storage solution/summerhouse structure for the warmer months. 
In our experience however, Outbuildings seem to be a very beneficial way of improving the value of your property and making it much more appealing for a future sale, especially when an annexe structure is introduced to the property. By offering your buyer a solution for multi-generational co-habitation or a dedicated office space to run a business from, an outbuilding can be very appealing to property buyers. 

How Long Does it Take? 

Work on the initial designs tends to be rather prompt with us at Invent Architecture & Design, and once we understand the layouts our clients are striving for, we can then look to move into a Planning Application package for the permissions from the Local Authority. 
As the outbuilding design is typically from scratch, in most cases there isn't a need for a property survey and as such, once we have agreed our initial proposal with you, we can get started on the designs almost immediately. 
The building work is often around 3-4 months from start to finish as well, subject to the designs, meaning that you should be able to enjoy your newly formed outbuilding within the space of around 8 months or so.  
We at Invent Architecture & Desin pride ourselves on working closely with our clients. We’ll always be on hand to answer your questions if there is anything you're unsure of or need our help with for an Outbuilding design, so please feel free to reach out and let us know if we can help you. 
To book a consultation with us, simply follow the link below and we'll be more than happy to offer some dates for a visit. 

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