Smc, Home Seller in Chicago, IL

i owned a 2-flat and i have a 2 car garage in the back can i turn garage in to a loft living space? and how high can i raise the garages height?

Asked by Smc, Chicago, IL Mon Sep 27, 2010

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Before doing any type of renovation, property owners need to check local zoning and permitting laws.
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In order to convert a garage living space several things would have to be done before it would be possible. You would have to submit plans & specs to the City for rezoning & variance, the structure more than likely would have to be rebuilt to code for living space and the distance from the property line has to be determined that it is within keeping of the property line requirements for zoning reasons. I would recommend a good architect, surveyor and contractor that is familiar with Chicago Codes. This will all take time and sufficient funds to accomplish.

John G. Moustis
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 27, 2010
This simple answer is, Yes it is possible. The realistic answer is, No it isn't possible. Between zoning, size and height limitations, City requirements, fire separation, variance sign-offs by neighbors and the alderman it is essentially impossible. Even if you could overcome all those hurdles and more, the project would likely be cost prohibitive. I have looked into this for clients in the past. Unless there is a pre-existing coach house, forget it.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 2, 2010
Where in Chicago? Most likely you will have to be grandfathered in.

Matt Laricy
Americorp Real Estate
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 28, 2010
If it is in the city of Chicago, then no you can't. They eliminated coach houses a long time ago. If you happen to have a property with an existing coach house, then you can renovate it. Otherwise, the dept of zoning will have the final say on any permits.


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No. Unless you are grandfathering in an existing living space you will not be able to get a permit.
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Best bet for you, SMC, if you still do own this 2-flat and want to convert the garage, is to consult an experienced architect. An experienced, professional architect will be able to assess the physical characteristics of the property and familiarize you with how local zoning laws will apply to your property.
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Without knowing exactly where the 3 flat is located and what it is zoned for I would guess that you would NOT legally be able to do this. The city is pretty strict on this type of redevelopment. The other issue you will have to consider is even if you where able to do this the additional square footage created might push the total building square footage of the property over the limit. A good place to start to look into this might be at one of the city's building permit satellite offices. Good luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 28, 2010
You need to check with zoning for your area, depends on what your zoning allows, I do remember hearing something about no more loft additions on old garages?? Not sure. Zoning will know?? Its worth checking into. Good Luck...

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 27, 2010
Its America and you can still do almost anything you like. However, I would not plan on having anyone live in there.

In regards to raising the garage's height, how many friends do you have?
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