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Jan 15 2013

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3 Tips to Control Garage Building Costs – The Garage Plan Shop

New ConstructionWhen building a new garage, one of the most important things you can do is control your building budget. With careful planning, you’ll be able to stay on budget. But be aware, there are many things that may cause you to overspend such as beginning without a budget, making changes during construction, and poor craftsmanship.

 

1. Often, homeowners who are planning to build a new detached garage need to obtain a loan from a financial institution. This requires careful planning of the building budget up front. Start by estimating how much things are going to cost. Visit a few local lumberyards to find out what materials are available in your area and which ones will best satisfy your needs for your building project. Begin planning your budget by starting with the essential construction elements first such as lumber, roofing elements and foundation materials. Ask about buying materials in bulk as many lumberyards will offer nice discounts when materials for the entire project are bought at one time. This tactic can save quite a bit of money. While at the lumberyards, compare budget and luxury items. For example, compare a name brand light fixture with a budget fixture. If both are visually appealing, come with a good warranty, and serve the same purpose, choose the budget item. This is another easy way to slash your material costs tremendously. Using methods like those mentioned above will help you save money, and following your established building budget will help you complete the project without overspending.

 

2. Next, review your garage plans carefully and discuss the entire design your contractor before construction begins. This includes the floor plan, fixtures, special elements, etc. Be sure your builder understands how you plan to use the garage as the purpose of the garage may influence some of the construction details or finished elements that are included. It is important to have every detail worked out with the builder or subcontractors ahead of time. Once construction begins, making changes to the garage (either inside or out), can become very costly in a hurry. When changes are made during construction, it often requires the builder to redo or tear down some portion of the structure that was already complete or near completion causing a waste of time, materials, labor and money.  

 

3. Lastly, while you cannot be control the local labor costs, you can control who you choose to do build your new garage. Interview potential builders, visit jobsites where the builder has worked in the past, ask to see the builder’s credentials, and ask for references from past clients. Researching the builder you hire (and the subcontractors) will help you choose the most qualified and skilled builder you can afford. Your new garage is a major investment that will complement your home or property. You don’t want to ruin the experience of building a new garage with poor craftsmanship. If you end up hiring an inexperienced builder or subcontractors, it is likely you’ll run it to problems quickly. Poor craftsmanship means you’ll be spending more later to repair things that were not properly built, constructed or installed during the construction of your garage.

 

Following these tips will help you control your building costs when building a new garage plan.

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May 25 2011

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Building a Garage Plan: Tips to Reduce Construction Costs – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 012G-0019When most garage owners actually decide to build a garage, one of the most important things to do before construction begins is to establish a garage building budget. Sometimes the building budget can be pretty tight with no room to overspend. However, there are ways to cut construction costs when building a garage and get the most bang for your buck. Below is a list of tips recommended by The Garage Plan Shop to help you cut construction costs making it a little easier to say within your budget.

 

·         Consider purchasing a pre-drawn or stock garage plan. They cost much less than a custom drawn plan.

·         Purchase materials in bulk. Many lumberyards, hardware stores and home improvement centers will slash a significant percentage from the actual price when materials are purchased in large quantities.

·         Eliminate features that aren’t necessary. Do you really need four windows in the garage or can you get by with just two? Do you have any special features on your wish list that you can do without? Or, consider building just the basic garage right now and when time and allows and you have more money in your pocket, add special elements like a workbench. Just make sure you plan for your special elements during construction even if you can’t afford to add them right away. For instance, if you’d like to have a half bath in the garage someday, be sure to install the rough plumbing during construction and finish the bath at a later time.

·         Hire a licensed and credible contractor. Many times, garage owners think they will cut construction costs by hiring cheap labor. In reality, it is worth paying more for a good contractor as it is not worth risking the structural integrity of you new garage to save money on labor. Sometime poor craftsmanship leads to more expensive renovation costs down the road.

 

With these simple tips, you’ll have a better idea of how to stick to your building budget and you’ll be enjoying your new, structurally sound garage in no time.

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