Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Renovation project - We have a garage dilemma

Renovation project - We have a garage dilemma 
We had always intended to remove the garage, but over the last few weeks we have been in two minds about this decision. If it is removed we will be able to see the little house, which is beautiful, the little house will have a small garden area and so be able to be used as a gite.
But, and this is a big but,
If we leave the garage, there will be a big workshop for the main house which is a big bonus and the little house will keep the roof of the garage as a terrace. Again a big bonus if used as a gite as this terrace has views over the forest, it is actually the nicest part of the house and a table and chairs sat on this terrace would be our favourite part of the house.
Here is the view

So all positives regarding keeping the garage, apart from
The front door and the window to the little house will be inside the garage.
This is a dilemma; does the little house need down stair space if it has the most amazing upstairs outside space?
It is something we are going to think about over the next few days.
But for now John needs to block the door and window to our neighbours, which are also in the garage (yes it really is a busy garage).
John uses concrete blocks and cement, these need to be approx an inch back from the face of the building. So that it can be rendered.
Once fully dried John renders the front of them with a sand, cement and lime mix. This is when the surface is made equal, the easiest way to make sure it is all flat is to use a piece of flat wood that is larger than the surface area to ‘derby off’ (or in layman’s terms to level it off)

We leave the garage for now, as we are still in a dilemma.
what do you think we should do?


  1. Leave as is but sell with the option for the purchasers to change it!

  2. Interesting dilemma - as you are moving it's probably not about what you would do but what prospective buyers would expect. I'd consult a couple of your estate agent friends and ask what they would do/expect from a local perspective.

  3. thanks for the comments, we have decided to keep it, and after speaking to the local agent, she agrees. workshops are not common in the centre of town. but the permissions are in place for any future buyer