New Garage/Gym

baboboy

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Hello everyone just wondered if could pick the builders brains amongst you.

We've currently got a delapidated garage made of breeze blocks which is in a state of cracked walls with an asbestos roof and water gets from beneath when it's wet. Our garden is quite small and the garage sits in the garage. As modern cars have got bigger and bigger their is no way to get a car down the side of the house to use the garage for it's intended purpose. So Mrs C and I are contemplating the below.

1) Take the garage down and install a prefabricated summer house to use as a gym with a small shed attached to the end. Shed will house fishing tackle and possible bikes plush pressure washer the usual gardening stuff.

2) Take the garage down and replace with something more aesthetically pleasing made our of blocks. With the same remit to be used as a gym and storage.

Just looking for ideas and costs to takedown and rebuild and any pros and cons to the wooden structures.

Thanks in advance.
 

Dave

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The timber option would be the quickest and easiest to erect , but a purpose made block construction would last a lot longer, however you will find that on the same footprint you would have less internal space than a timber one.

Another option could be timber frame with a brick skin. A lot more pleasant aesthetically than block, but it all depends on what the house is made from as you would preferably want it to match, and then there is the budget.

A friend of mine has just had a 'craft room' built in his garden, Cedar clad, living roof, bifolding doors, it looks amazing, but cost a fair packet.
 

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If you want a good site for ideas, check this...

 
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If you want a good site for ideas, check this...


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No Dave, that website is like a trip into the erratic mind of a female. It's just a wall of feminine whims. Besides, I think you can only have an account if you have XX chromosomes and drink fruit-based drinks ;)

Honestly, it's a nightmare. Like Laura Ashley and technology have merged :confused:
 

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My missus loves it and keeps shoving her tablet under my nose with comments such as "can/will you do this" :roflmao:
 
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My missus loves it and keeps shoving her tablet under my nose with comments such as "can/will you do this" :roflmao:

Yeah, that's it alright. My ex did exactly the same thing :LOL:

Dreadful website. I've given myself hives just thinking about it :)
 

baboboy

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Probably wise to add a picture of the offending beast.
 

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Yosemite Sam

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If it’s old, you may find there is no damp course under the slab. It would be best to put one in. You don’t want your new rowing machine or leotard getting mouldy.
 

kevin o connor

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I assume it is the same in Britain as it is in Ireland. that being the case you will need a specialist firm to remove the asbestos roof !
 

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few years back, I had a call to build a timber garden room-office

that was where a garage had once stood, the demolition was by others as the roof and walls were the same as yours and contained corregated roofing and sheet asbsetos walls, they also broke up and removed the existing concrete slab as it was far to small to be used as a base for the proposed new build (must of been an old austin 7 type car in it originally)

dug the groundworks as a slab on grade foundation, with mesh re-inforcement, added tubes for pipe and waste runs to this, building was approx 5.5 metres x 4.5 metres

the timber building was a scandanavian type kit unit, which came complete with drawings, assembly instructions etc, it was a three roomed affair with an internal mezzanine type loft area, delivered by lorry and craned off into the driveway, all in seperate packages, numbered and wrapped

was quite an easy build between two chippys and two labourers, we had it up and roofed weather sealed within a week

it took another week for the electric (by others) and water services to be installed and the interior to be fitted out as the customer required, lighting, power sockets, small kitchen, and cruncher type toilet

if iI remember rightly, the garden room kit cost around £15k all in delivered

and our build including the slab, interior fit, treating the outside with weatherproof laquer, pathway between room and main house was around £7 or 8k labour and about £3k in materials

the actual building to assemble was very easy if the instructions were followed and the parts were kept in thier respective numbered piles, any competant DIY'er should be able to do it and with minimal tooling,
 

baboboy

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I've had a chat with our builder via text he's steering me more towards a solid construction as opposed ma to a wooden framework. I've seen these wooden cladding type things that they add to older structures on these gardening programmes. All seems positive.
 
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