Planning a garage consider these factors
Scarborough, a consumer trend research company, reveals that around $19 billion were spent on home improvements last year by homeowners. If you are thinking to join this club by having a garage in your home, we would like to share some important considerations. The tips we are sharing here will help you get started in the right way before you start calling contractors or hammering nails, for your garage.
Get yourself familiar with zoning laws
Before taking a start on your garage though, find out what are the prevailing zoning laws in your neighbourhood. These laws define the location and size limitations ofthe property. They also mention specific requirements such as drainage consideration or roofing materials. On the basis of zoning information, you will have a better idea whether you should build your garage on your lot and what kinds are permitted.
Do you want an attached or separated garage?
Many homeowners get confused here. We suggest going for an attached garage if you want someplace to park your cars. This is an economical option since one wall already is in its place. A separated or detached garage suits those having a workshop where they are free to make noise with power tools etc.
Make a choice between single and double garage
If you intend to have a single car garage, we recommend you to start with a 4-7m. For a double car garage, 5-6m is ideal. These dimensions would enable your cars to get in and their door opened. If additional space is needed for storage or even a workbench, you can consider adding extra space.
Think of the driveway
If you have a carport already and want to have an attached garage, your driveway at-hand will be sufficient. If it is not, then you should have a 3 m broad driveway from a garage door to the street (in case of a single car garage). If you find obstacles like wall or trees on any side, you can consider a 4.2m wide driveway to ensure that car doors don’t hit the obstacles when opened.
In case of double-garage, you can consider a 6 to 7m wide driveway. If you want space for turning your car around so that you pull forward out into the busy street, you might need a 6-7 m wide deep space right in front of your garage
Is your garage an extension to your house?
Most of the homeowners want to make their garage look like an extension of their house, and not something looking like an “out-house”. An attacked garage fixed with doors opening to the sides of some front windows, looks and feels like another room now, this may cause more driveway expenses as it would be an indirect line into your garage.
If you want doors to face the front anyhow, you can use two one-car doors for an enhanced eye appeal. Blend its roof overhang into your house’s roof, for cohesiveness.
DIY or Contractor?
To make a garage yourself, you must be familiar with your zoning laws and codes. You should search a commercial construction equipment companies to determine the costs for backhoes and trenchers. You can inquire concrete companies to have accurate footings. And unless you are a licensed electrician or plumber, you may also need someone to come and inspect the site to meet the codes. There are a lot of pieces to stay on top of.
If you have a contracting background, DIY route may suit you, but the next great thing is to be an educated customer. Do your research first so that you can oversee your contractor’s work and ensure costs are in-line with your budget. We hope that these tips are helpful enough to get you started your garage project with confidence. Don’t forget to consult with our specialized contracting team in case of any query or to get an estimate of our exclusive garage building and maintenance services.