I am renovating with the intention of adding value, having the bank revalue it when im done, and hopefully refinance at the end with some extra equity in my pocket. I do not intend to sell the house, nor does it need more space. My mum will live there alone, with me probably moving in every now and then depending on work/money etc. So I have this double carport out the front on the place. It has a tiled pitched roof, two solid brick walls, a half height brick wall, and an open-face. I am wondering what I should do with this. My initial plan was to make some timber barn-style doors that fold open, just to keep my garage things secure. Then I was thinking it would look great if I fixed some plasterboard to the internal brick and painted it. Potentially even a plasterboard ceiling and a few downlights or something. Hoping to do as much of this on my own as im allowed to. So I called Council and they said even if I am just adding doors, I need to apply for DA. Process they said would be to get a draftsperson to draw up the alterations, then a structural engineer to do something, then I put in for DA and council approves, then I get a building certifier out to inspect and tick it off. Is this the process I would use? What does the structural engineer actually do? So I just get the draftsperson to draw up my ideas, an engineer to do some checks of some kind, then I apply for DA, then I can build the doors myself, and at the end get someone out to inspect that the doors are fixed properly? If its relatively easy, then I was thinking about pushing it further. Sealing off the half height wall with some timber, adding plasterboard to the internal walls. Any tips to point me in the direction of the approval process would be great, as council didnt seem too eager to answer my amateur questions Thanks, Attila.