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Integrated garage - Yes or No?

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OnePotato2Potato Tue 14-Mar-17 12:53:31


Looking for some opinions please.

Most of the house we have viewed have been the traditional 3 bedroom 1930s semi-detached with 2 good sized bedroom and 1 small single. Preferably with a garage attached to the side that we could turn into an additional reception in the future. The kitchen at the back and one reception at the front and one at the back.

A house has come up with an integrated garage, and because of the garage the floor space is larger upstairs so all three bedrooms are of a good size. However the layout downstairs is different, with the kitchen at the front of the house and the receptions at the back and stairs in between the receptions and kitchen.

We plan on living here for a couple of years then most likely we would move on. However, would this layout be difficult to sell on as most people prefer a kitchen at the back where it could be extended to a fashionable kitchen-diner with skylights etc? (Garden is massive so there is room to extend.)

The house does need modernizing so I'm worried we may not get the money back!

Thanks for any opinions.

BellMcEnd Tue 14-Mar-17 12:56:31

If you're prepared to do work could you consider reconfiguring the downstairs to have a kitchen - diner at the back or is that more structural stuff than you want to do?

Can you post a floor plan?

OnePotato2Potato Tue 14-Mar-17 12:57:42

Realized I could just attach the floor plan blush

KnittedDress Tue 14-Mar-17 14:22:51

Much easier to convert an integral garage I think - and if you need to update anyway, then maybe move the kitchen into the current dining room, then the old kitchen becomes a living room.

Personally I'd prefer somewhere with 3 good sized rooms even with a kitchen at the front.

HenniePennie Tue 14-Mar-17 15:06:26

Do people really still buy "for a couple of years". That will cost you.

namechangedtoday15 Tue 14-Mar-17 15:33:19

I think with that layout its always going to be difficult because as you say, most people want a kitchen diner / living space now, and you're never going to get that, even if you convert the garage, unless you spend lots of money changing the position of the kitchen to the back of the house. If it was going to be your forever house, then yes. For 2 years? No, you'll never get the costs back.

I think most people would prefer the space downstairs to work for family living with a potential compromise of a smaller 3rd bedroom (so 30s semi), rather than small kitchen / separate living space and 3 decent sized bedrooms (floorplan you've attached).

Kiroro Tue 14-Mar-17 15:34:59

I don't see this as a problem at all - just move the kitchen to the dining room and you have alovely big kitche/diner/family room anyway?

OnePotato2Potato Tue 14-Mar-17 16:06:32

Thanks for the replies.

I think for now it suits us personally. The kitchen is an ok size, could get a small dining table in. But it would not appeal to everyone. I was just happy to see 3 decent sized rooms grin

Perhaps I'm being optimistic with moving after a couple of years!

I thought moving the kitchen to the current dining room would be a big job and cost far too much.

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