Building a garage

By February 7, 2014Remodeling

Looking for a new project for your home? Considering a new garage can add many benefits to your home that you may not have even thought of! A new garage can be much more than a space for your car, it can add available storage or living space to your home, and it will increase the value of your home as well. There are many potential options for the look and location of your new addition, so be sure to consider all of your options.

102_0973 resizedBefore getting into specific details of your garage, the first step is to find out what you will be permitted to build. Different towns and cities have certain requirements and restrictions as far as building structures on your property. So, to begin your project, you must find out how much space you have to work with based on the area of your lot and how close to the edge of your lot you are allowed to build. Check with your town for the local rules and codes, and then you will know how much area you have to work with. This will assist you in deciding whether you will have your garage attached to or away from your home. With this, you will then be able to make plans for how your driveway will flow from the garage to the street, based on the city codes and your desires.

Depending on what you find for your restrictions, you can then start deciding how you would like your garage to look. There are many options for the size and structure of your new garage which present different advantages. If you are working with a limited space, perhaps a simple, one-car garage would be right for your home. This will still give you the benefit of protecting your vehicle and allow for some additional storage space without exceeding your limitations. Have unlimited space? You may want to have a multi-car garage that even has a second story. This will create a multitude of possibilities. With a second floor in your garage you may create a new office space, a home gym, a workshop, or perhaps even bedrooms or additional living areas. You can really make this floor anything you want it to be!

IMG_0057 resizeFurthermore, you have flexibility to decide the look of the outside of your garage as well. There are many options for the appearance, size and number of doors (www.a-1garagedoors.com). You also have decisions to make for the quantity of windows you would like to include, as well as the look of the roof. Also, if space allows, you may want to set the garage so that the doors are on the side. This way you can create a more cohesive look with your home, having the garage almost appear as a continuation, matching the siding and windows to that of the house. As you can see, there are many options one should consider when designing their new garage, so be sure to think about everything you would like to include when planning your new project.