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How much would it cost to build this?


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In the photo below you can see a semi-detached house on the left, with a large L shaped garage extension in the back garden. Looks to have been done to a decent standard, pitched roof ect:

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For a closer look inside the structure, there's photos in the house listing; you can see it's got a bathroom in it as well, it's almost like a stand alone studio apartment/bungalow:

https://www.propertypal.com/14-lennox-avenue-belfast/676298

My question is; can anyone give me a back of a fag packet estimate out of interest what it would cost nowadays to build something like that?

 

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4 minutes ago, JoeDavola said:

Yep my mate who is a DIY buff came up with £50K as a knee jerk price - personally I could see a builder trying to charge me more than that (maybe inflating the price as the project progresses) especially since I don't know owt about the trade.

Get your mate to help self manage it, maybe if he is good. No reason why you could not pay him well father help. 

A decent BCO helps as well, we went private BCO and has been very useful to have behind the scenes.

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split it into groundworks, walls and roof and get bids for each part and then manage the internals yourself, unless you trust the builder

you could get a log cabin for much less if it's just a workspace you want also any improvement will be reflected in your council tax at some stage

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I know of a neighbor who had a 4 room separate granny bungalow built in a back garden in about 2006 which cost about £12,000 in total. However I'd be very surprised if you could still get any extension on that scale for such a price, I'd guess It would be about £20,000 today at least.

Of course the tinkers offer a very competitive 'pay nothing now, £350,000 later or we burn down the house payment plan'.

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£60K including the Windows as the photographs, this photo is of intererest, the construction is listed as  a 'large games room' and appears to be a 'stealth construction that has morphed from a garage and has been kept low key.

Be interesting to find out if it has the appropriate planning as the estate agent isn't bulling it up.

Never the less, a lot of well finished space for the money, be surpprised if they get back what they have spent.

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14 minutes ago, ashestoashes said:

split it into groundworks, walls and roof and get bids for each part and then manage the internals yourself, unless you trust the builder

you could get a log cabin for much less if it's just a workspace you want also any improvement will be reflected in your council tax at some stage

Shipping containers have also become popular..

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34 minutes ago, ashestoashes said:

split it into groundworks, walls and roof and get bids for each part and then manage the internals yourself, unless you trust the builder

you could get a log cabin for much less if it's just a workspace you want also any improvement will be reflected in your council tax at some stage

A very good quality log lap building costs around 1/2 to 1/3 of price, the saving is in the labour mainly, as long as there is  base of sorts ready one about the size of a single garage will be up and complete within a couple of days.

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31 minutes ago, onlyme said:

A very good quality log lap building costs around 1/2 to 1/3 of price, the saving is in the labour mainly, as long as there is  base of sorts ready one about the size of a single garage will be up and complete within a couple of days.

these seem ok, Tuin, good reputation

https://www.buitenkampioen.nl/product/blokhut-clockhouse/

3849 E

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9 minutes ago, ashestoashes said:

these seem ok, Tuin, good reputation

https://www.buitenkampioen.nl/product/blokhut-clockhouse/

That seems well priced for 45mm. Critical is the roof and quality of EDPM membrane/shingle/whatever, that breaks down and the rest will not last. Large overhang and good quality roof and rest of building should last a decent amount of time.

 

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1 hour ago, Chewing Grass said:

Be interesting to find out if it has the appropriate planning as the estate agent isn't bulling it up.

That's a very good point.

The house is listed in the council records as being 109 square meters, which is obviously the main house and not the outbuilding. I think there's a chance if they did list the outbuilding the council tax (they're known as 'rates' in NI) would rise.

https://lpsni.gov.uk/vListDCV/propertydetails.asp?type=search&display=110897&di=07&dn=Lisburn+and+Castlereagh+City+Council&wi=0000001216&wn=Galwally&si=0000013811&sn=Lennox+Avenue

EDIT: Although I notice it says outbuildings (plural) whereas next door (and the rest of the houses on the street) are outbuilding singluar, suggesting the council knows about it?

https://lpsni.gov.uk/vListDCV/propertydetails.asp?di=07&dn=Lisburn+and+Castlereagh+City+Council&wi=0000001216&wn=Galwally&si=0000013811&sn=Lennox+Avenue&display=110898&rn=16

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1 hour ago, LC1 said:

Very in keeping with the COVID zeitgeist: they've turned their garden into their very own prison yard O.o

Yes I'm in two minds whether the back yard is low maintenance and functional, or comes across a bit sterile and lacking warmth.

Compare to the back garden of another, cheaper slightly smaller house on sale:

EDIT: That's a shed, not the actual house in that photo ;)

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6 minutes ago, JoeDavola said:

Yes I'm in two minds whether the back yard is low maintenance and functional, or comes across a bit sterile and lacking warmth.

Yes, it's all those. I'm just a traditionalist and prefer a garden to have plants and living creatures and sunshine! :)

That other one is a bit of a mess, but easily made good. 

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6 minutes ago, LC1 said:

Yes, it's all those. I'm just a traditionalist and prefer a garden to have plants and living creatures and sunshine! :)

That other one is a bit of a mess, but easily made good. 

Yes. The other one also has a conservatory overlooking the garden, and it might be nicer to overlook a mixture of plants and colours rather than paving stones and grey walls.

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31 minutes ago, JoeDavola said:

Yes I'm in two minds whether the back yard is low maintenance and functional, or comes across a bit sterile and lacking warmth.

Compare to the back garden of another, cheaper slightly smaller house on sale:

EDIT: That's a shed, not the actual house in that photo ;)

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If you felt it was a bit too sterile and lacking warmth just add a bunch of plant pots/hanging baskets/raised beds.

I quite liked it, aside from some of the paint and decor choices inside. 

 

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A quick look online and I found it has been used by a massage woman, not the sort with happy endings though :

https://www.beautynailhairsalons.com/GB/Belfast/662099437243066/MUST-Massage#address

On there there's this post from early 2015 which suggests the outbuilding was constructed some time in/after March 2015 :

"[05/13/15] In the future there will be a new development up ahead. A new therapy room with lots of space. TBC. Excited much!!"

 

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