Sep 15 2010
Are you tired of scraping snow, ice and frost from your windows? Would you like to protect your car(s) from Mother Nature’s fury and possible theft? Could you use a little extra storage space? A workshop? Or both? It might be time to build a detached garage. Detached garage plans are available in a multitude of sizes and styles. Furthermore, some floor plans provide special features such as full or half baths, an upstairs storage loft or even finished living space. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be thrilled to find out how your property value will increase when you build such a handy and practical addition to your home or property.
Before you start making all kinds of decisions about the type of garage you’d like to build, take some time to check with the local building department. Find out if you are allowed to build a garage on your property. Learn about your building codes and other requirements before you begin. Ask about obtaining necessary building permits, etc. After you’ve done a little legwork, it will be time to start making decisions. Below is a list of items you should consider that will help you get started with your building project.
· Determine the purpose of the garage.
· Consider space requirements, easements and setbacks to determine what size garage you can build.
· Decide how many vehicles you wish to accommodate.
· Determine from which side you will access the garage and if you need to extend/expand your driveway to allow access to the new structure.
· Determine if you need a garage with extra deep bays to accommodate oversized vehicles, boat storage, a workbench or storage of lawn and garden equipment or mechanic’s tools.
· Decide if you will have upper level storage or finished space and how to access it.
· Consider your requirements for potential finished space such as a bathroom, home office, recreation room or living quarters.
· Select an architectural style that blends nicely with your home.
· Choose building materials consistent with the exterior finish, trim and styling of your house that meet or exceed local building standards.
· Determine what size garage door(s) you need and select a style to match your home and the exterior of the garage.
· Decide if you would like to add one or more service doors and where you would like them to be located. Consider the number and placement of windows.
· Select a garage door opener suitable for the garage doors you chose.
· Determine what electrical fixtures, outlets and switches you’ll need, including indoor and outdoor lighting.
· Consider electrical wiring needs you may have inside the garage such as charging power tools or adding an extra refrigerator in the garage.
· Decide if you want the space heated and cooled.
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