5 Factors to Consider When Building a Garage

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Are you finally fed up with the weather elements having their way with your new Porche? Then why not finally build that garage you’ve been thinking about?

According to a housing survey released in 2015, only 63% of homes have a garage. Building a garage could be a great investment for you if you wish to protect your vehicle from the weather, unlawful towing, or even theft. Building a garage can also serve as a selling point if you ever decide to sell your home. 

If the idea of building a garage has you on the fence, keep reading for five things you need to consider before you build.  

1. How Many Vehicles Do You Plan to Own?

Before you consider any of the other things listed here, you will first need to ask your self how many cars do you plan to own. After you consider the number of cars you will probably own while living at your current residence, think about the size of the vehicles. 

You will want to add additional feet to your floorplan to ensure that all cars can be parked and removed without sustaining any physical damage. 

2. Laws and Restrictions

Once you have thought about how many vehicles your garage will house, you will need to check the zoning laws for your area. 

Zoning laws are very important to consider as they ensure that you are not building too far off of your own property and onto someone else’s land. Be sure that you are considering how far your garage will be from neighboring structures as well. 

In case there are fires or other structural failures from neighboring buildings, you will want to ensure that your garage will not be affected. 

3. Building Materials

Next, decide on the type of materials you would like to build your garage out of. The materials you choose will largely depend on whether you choose to have an attached or unattached garage. However, you will also want to consider how the weather in your area affects certain materials. 

A Garage is built out of the following materials: 

  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Concrete

Steel garages are known to be very easy to maintain

4. How Do You Plan to Use Your Garage?

Now decide how you plan to use your newly built garage.

You can choose to use it as a work area if you or someone in your family is handy at building or fixing things. You can also choose to use it as a place to do laundry if you decide to get a washer and dryer hookup installed. 

Some garages are used strictly for additional storage. However, you may decide to build a two-level garage with a small apartment above the parking area.

5. Cost

Finally, you will need to decide on a budget for your project.

If you plan to use your garage for more than just a place to park your car, factor in costs such as electricity, heating, air, insulation, furnishings, and flooring. You can talk with a contractor to get an overall estimate of how much your project should cost you. 

Are You Ready to Start Building a Garage?

Building a garage doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are tons of available resources you can check out to help you get started. You may find it helpful to watch videos online of how other people got started on building their garages and take in some of their helpful tips. 

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