5 Things To Know Before Building A Garage

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Remodeling and adding onto a home is one of the best ways that you can improve your living space. A large garage will give you additional storage space and provide a roof for your car, which is especially helpful during the winter months, when scraping ice and removing snow from your car can take a lot of extra time as you prepare to leave for work. Right now, when DIY projects are all the rage, garage kits are more popular than ever. By building your own garage, you can save a significant amount of money. If you are planning to use a garage kit to build your garage, there are a number of important things that you should understand before you begin the project.

  1. Size

For many people, the first thing that they need to decide is how big they want their garage. Of course, one of the deciding factors is the number of cars that will be parked inside. If you are planning your garage, take care to consider the future as well as the present. For example, if you will purchase an additional vehicle in the next few years, you might consider anticipating the purchase by building a garage with an extra bay.

As you think about what you want in your garage, you may find that the additional expense and effort are worth the amount of extra storage or workspace that you will get by adding extra square footage.

  1. Location

Take careful measurements as you plan to build your garage. Ensure that you have enough available space for the building. If you also need to pour a driveway that leads to the garage, ensure that your property lines allow for a passage that is wide enough for a vehicle. Also, think about convenient access from the house and how the new building will affect your current landscaping.

  1. Pole vs Stud Wall

There are a few different style options when it comes to building your own garage. One of the things that you should consider is whether you want a pole wall garage or a stud wall garage. The type that you choose will vary in the amount of work that is required and the total cost to build. A stud wall garage is built on a concrete slab. This slab forms the foundation for the garage and is essential in the building process.  In contrast, when you are using a pole garage kit, the poles or wooden posts are driven directly into the ground, forming the support for the building. Concrete is not necessary for this type of construction.

As you consider the type of kit that you would like to work with, think about how you plan to use the garage, where it will be built, and your total budget.

  1. Building Permit

Before you proceed with any specific plans, find out about the building laws and ordinances in your area. While garages within a certain size limit may not require a building permit, larger garages may require that you submit a copy of your building plans. By doing everything concisely and according to the law, you can avoid potential problems down the line.

  1. Other Factors

In addition to actually building the garage, there are additional matters to consider. Most modern garages are wired with electricity so that they can have lights, and an automatic garage door. If you want to make your garage even nicer by adding heating and plumbing, you need to factor in the cost of hiring specialists. Also, consider whether you would like to add insulation. If you will be insulating the garage, weigh your various options and the differences in price.

As you look at all of the options for your project, decide which aspects you are able to do yourself and which are better left to an expert. While doing the work yourself can definitely help you save money, it can end up costing more in the long run if it isn’t done right. Be honest with yourself about your abilities and your time constraints.

If you choose to hire a specialist for some aspects of the building, electrical or plumbing work, shop around so that you can find someone who will be both reliable and affordable. Careful planning and research will help you to ensure that your garage looks great and meets your needs.


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Lawrence Reaves has 43 articles online

Lawrence Reaves is a contributing author for APMBuildings.com a pole barn company offering a large selection of pole barns and garages as DIY kits as well as turnkey.  Pay them a visit here and see what they can do to help you with your next building project.

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This article was published on 2013/01/04