Another Have I Got Room For A 2nd House Thread
Posted 01 December 2015 - 11:51 PM
My first post here. I bought a corner plot 1920's property back in March which hasnt really been touched for 30 or 40 years. My original thoughts were to eventually get a refurb and double storey extension on the back but I am wondering whether I can get another house on the side.
The house fronts onto a reasonably busy road and has no driveway from the front, instead you have to drive past about 50 metres do a right and right again into the dead end road where you can see my double garage driveway and there is a small substation. I want to create a new driveway into the front (still from the dead end road) roughly where the longer red line is which will have room for 4-6 cars. If the double garage which is approx 20ft by 20ft was removed this would free up quite a bit of space as there is a further 6ft or so from the garage to the neighbours fence. The current house is approx 32 X 22 ft, the plot is approx 1/4 acre but is a wedge shape. My main concern is the whether I could position a house to run the natural line of the neighbouring houses.
What do you think?
Thanks in advance
Posted 02 December 2015 - 05:38 AM
Have you tried printing off the aerial view and using a price of card scaled to the size of the proposed house, tried to see if it will fit anywhere on the plot?
Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:08 AM
But whether it's worth it is another matter.
Both houses will end up with a tiny, probably triangular shaped back garden. Neither will have space for a garage, just parking in the front garden.
Personally I think that would devalue the existing house more than the value of a plot, but of course we don't know where you are and how much plots are worth.
Also with that substation there, you need to look at restrictions how close you can build to it? and what underground cables may be coming out of it and where to?.
At the moment you have a decent sized house on a decent plot, I think there's more mileage in improving / extending the house that is there.
Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:35 AM
Its over near Wokingham way, the original price Oct 2014 was 430k which at the time I was shocked it was going for that low for the area but it was a probate sale and the house does need work. By the time we completed in March I had an EA around they would market it at 500, refurb 575 and double storey 650-675 (not that I believ everything they say), since then prices have been rising at something like 8-10% for the last year so in a sense some of the devaluing risk has been taken out if you know what I mean. A medium sized new build 3/4 bed would fetch 550-650 with build costs around 200k? I presume Southern Electric would be able to tell me about underground cables?
Posted 02 December 2015 - 09:04 AM
If you can live with the small gardens it looks like it's worth trying for.
Check also there are no covenants on the existing house that would stop you building.
Posted 02 December 2015 - 12:58 PM
Posted 11 April 2016 - 12:49 PM
I am going to try for an additional house. I have had an architect visit and he seemed pretty positive, they have done some basic plans for pre-application but I am wondering if I should also get a local planning consultant to give it the once over before I even start to get the council involved. I did contact a local consultant and his fees were £850 for a planning appraisal which includes a site visit and checking out planning history of local area.
Just wondered if this was money well spent or a waste and I should just get the architect to submitt the pre-app?
Thanks in advance.