Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family

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    Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family

    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone has had experience with building a garage into the partial first floor and basement of a single family city home.  Approval from the city for a curb cut would be needed.  With the streets of Charlestown getting more and more congested, we were hoping there would be a way to build a garage into our single family.  There are 3 floors to the house, 1st floor is never used, and living quarters are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
    Would this be too expensive to even investigate?
    Thanks!
     
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    Re: Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family

    What you are proposing is a very typical thing to do with new construction projects, but for existing structures it is not. It can be tricky depending on how your house is constructed and laid out.  Another thing to consider is that by adding a curb cut you are taking away a parking spot from the neighborhood.  Not always a popular idea. I am an architect in Charlestown and would be happy to take a look at you home and discuss you options. Look me up at andrewcrockerarchitecture.com.
     
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    Re: Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family

    In Response to Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family:
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had experience with building a garage into the partial first floor and basement of a single family city home.  Approval from the city for a curb cut would be needed.  With the streets of Charlestown getting more and more congested, we were hoping there would be a way to build a garage into our single family.  There are 3 floors to the house, 1st floor is never used, and living quarters are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Would this be too expensive to even investigate? Thanks!
    Posted by MindyW


    I don't know about Charlsetown, We did add a garage to a house in BackBay and it took 2 years of effort and close to $200K in engineering and architectural fees. You need permissions from Historical society, Zoning board, Boston water and sewer and other environmental agencies. There will be open hearings as well, so you need approval by your neighnotrs. This is not for faint of heart! 
     
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    Re: Creating a garage in the basement of a Charlestown single family

    If I were you, I'd probably not do it unless it gave you space for 2 cars (1 in the garage and 1 behind it in the driveway).  That way the curb cut that takes away 1 space actually takes 2 cars off the street, which is a win for you and your neighbors.  Tough call, and good luck!
     
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