Whether you’re building your dream garage or just a simple detached, 2-car garage to accommodate the growing family fleet, these garage building tips will prepare you for what is to come while helping to ensure the building experience is exciting and enjoyable. Building a garage is a substantial investment that will add functionality to your lifestyle and enhance the value of your home. Follow our garage building tips to achieve success.
- Select the best location. It is necessary to position the garage on your property in the best location to accommodate your needs. Measure the overall size of the available space so you can choose a plan that will fit within the parameters of your backyard or the available and useable space. Be sure the positioning of your garage works with the location of your driveway, house, other structures on the property and utilities.
- Choose a qualified builder. Not everyone who calls themselves a builder is a qualified builder. Take some time to research builders to ensure you’re hiring a qualified and professional builder who can handle the job. Check with family members and friends who have built in the past and ask for recommendations. Interview potential builders and get a feel for their work ethic, construction methods and overall character. After all, you’ll have to work with this person from start to finish, so it is necessary that you hire someone reliable who you can communicate with and trust with your investment. Finally, ask for proof of insurance.
- Establish a budget and stick to it. Whether you are getting a construction loan from the bank or you’re financing the building project yourself, it is important that you know your budget and stick to it. Plan ahead by pricing out material and labor costs. If you wish to add extra amenities, make a list and arrange them by preference so if you can only afford one or two special “extras” you’ll be spending your money on the ones you really want or need instead of the ones you could have lived without. Also, be careful when it comes to upgrades. Adding too many upgrades will blow your budget quickly. If a particular garage door will satisfy your needs, there is no need to upgrade to the one with all the bells and whistles. Save the extra money you might have spent on the door and put it toward something you really want, such as a half bath or workbench.
- Establish a timeframe and prepare for delays. Before construction begins, talk with your builder or general contractor to establish a timeframe for construction. A garage is not built in a day and there are a lot of things that need to be coordinated and arranged to keep things running smoothly. Once a timeframe is established, work with your builder and subcontractors to stick to the schedule. Additionally, expect and plan for delays. Delays occur with nearly every construction project. Plan for the possibility of inclement weather, shortage of materials and labor problems. If you plan for them, when one of these situations arises, you won’t be nearly as surprised or frustrated with the delay. Being prepared and flexible will reduce stress at the jobsite.
- Avoid changes. Once construction begins, avoid making changes. Try to stick to the blueprints and your original construction plan. Changes can be costly and cause delays. Avoiding changes will keep you on schedule and on budget.
- Monitor progress. Getting involved in the building process is one of the easiest ways to monitor progress. Additionally, active involvement helps prevent construction delays. Once you have established a construction timeline with your contractor, keep a close eye on the work being done and the progress being made. Talk with your builder regularly and ask for updates on progress. Safely walk around the jobsite and observe for yourself what progress is being made. If something doesn’t look or seem right or if something is taking too long, ask your builder about it. It is necessary to work out any glitches are problems as soon as you notice them.
The construction process will be more enjoyable and a more exciting experience if you are prepared for what to expect throughout the building process and if you make careful decisions. If you are planning to build a new garage in your backyard or on another piece of property, these helpful tips will help you be ready for what some of the things you’ll encounter in the building process.
Traditional styling allows this 2-car garage plan with flexible space to blend well with most homes. The exterior features a siding façade and a covered porch. Two overhead doors open to the double garage where bays 27’ deep easily accommodate larger vehicles like pick-up trucks and SUVs. Windows at the back of the garage lend natural light and a service door provides convenience. The flexible space attached to the garage can be used for a multitude of purposes. This small studio features a full bath and ample closet space. It could serve as a guest suite for weekend visitors providing privacy from the main home. For those who work from home or own their own small business, the flexible space could serve as an office allowing you to go to work and never actually leave home. Finally, crafters, artists and music enthusiasts might choose to finish the flex space as their own private studio for whatever hobby they prefer. Add functionality to your home and extra parking space too with this 2-car garage plan with flex space.
For more garages like this one, please view our collection of garage plans with flex space.
While the stock plans offered by The Garage Plan Shop can be built almost anywhere, we often hear from Canadian customers looking for plans drawn by Canadian designers. We are pleased to offer two collections of detached garage plans drawn by designers in Canada. Additionally, we also offer a collection of garage apartment plans drawn by a Canadian designer. Garage apartment plans are thoughtfully designed to offer distinct parking and living areas. Typically, they are two-story structures designed with the garage on the main level and living quarters above. Just like garage apartment plans drawn by US designers, those drawn by our Canadian designer are designed to meet national building codes. Keep in mind it may be necessary to take the plans to a local designer to have any changes made or notes added to the plans in order to meet specific provincial codes before construction begins. Additionally, if your building department requires engineering, it will be necessary to hire a local engineer to review the plans and engineer them to meet local building codes and requirements. The engineer must be registered/licensed in the province where you plan to build. Below is a link to our garage apartment plans drawn by a Canadian designer:
Canadian Garage Apartment Plans
For more designs, please browse our entire garage apartment plan collection which includes those drawn by US designers as well.
Have you heard? Custom garage plans and other designs are now available through our new partnership with a custom design service! Now you can work with a custom design team to create your very own unique garage plan, shed plan, outbuilding, carport, pool house and more! To kick off our new partnership with the custom design service, we are promoting two specials on custom drawn garage plans and other designs:
- Between now and August 1, 2013, receive 10% OFF the quoted price on all custom design orders! Anyone who completes the custom design request form and moves forward with their custom design order by 12:00 noon CST on August 1, 2013 will be eligible for a 10% discount off the quoted price.
- In addition, anyone who fills out the custom garage design request form between now and 12:00 noon CST on August 1, 2013 will be entered in a drawing for a $1000.00 credit toward their custom design order (or reimbursement of $1000.00 if their custom design order is already complete and paid in full.) The drawing will be held in the afternoon on August 1, 2013. Please note: The prize has no cash value and the award is non-transferable. In the event that your custom plan costs less than the $1000.00 prize and, after being applied or refunded, there is a portion of the prize credit remaining, the balance can be applied toward future custom plans. However, any remaining balance cannot be applied toward additional or optional services, such as site planning, materials lists, etc.
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It is fairly common for our customers ask if we offer Canadian garage plans. The Garage Plan Shop is pleased to respond, “YES, we do!” We offer two extensive garage plan collections from two of Canada’s top-notch designers. These collections include 1-car, 2-car and 3-car garages, garage workshops, garages with boat storage, garage loft plans, and RV garage plans just to name a few. However, just like the garage floor plans drawn by our US designers, those drawn by our Canadian designers are designed to meet national building codes. We do not guarantee these plans will meet all provincial building codes and they are not engineered. It may be necessary for you or your builder to hire a local design professional to review the plans and add any notes or make any necessary changes to meet specific provincial codes. Likewise, if you are required to have your garage plans engineered in order to get building permits, it will be up to you or your builder to hire a local engineer to review the plans and seal or stamp them.
We’ve provided the links to our Canadian garage plan collections below. Take some time to browse through them to find the one that satisfies your needs.
Canadian garage plan collection A
Canadian garage plan collection B