It is a fact that adding a garage onto your home can be a very rewarding home improvement. There are several crucial decisions you should make prior to starting construction, which will make the building process much easier and smoother. Keep in mind, once the space is finished, it is likely to be years before you are able to renovate it again, therefore you should ensure the space is everything you want and need.
Determine the Garage Size
The first decision you should consider is how big to make the garage. To successfully determine this consider these aspects:
- What are you planning to use the space for?
- If you plan to park your cars within the garage, how many do you want to fit?
- Take steps to ensure the roof is equivalent to the rest of the home
Once you have determined the size and use of the garage you can create a rough sketch of what you want the garage to look like. This will give you a visual guide to give the contractor you hire to complete the project. Be sure to include factors such as:
- Windows and doors
- Electrical outlets
- Wall measurements
In most cases, once you have a plan for the garage you wish to have built you can obtain the necessary permits and begin construction right away. If you are not familiar with building and methods of construction it is a good idea to hire a professional contractor to complete the project for you. You will need a circular saw, cordless drill, hammer, nails, and a number of other tools to do the job. Since it can be challenging, we recommend contact us today to take measurements to give you an estimate on costs and the timeframe to complete the job.
Location and Framing
The first step in building a garage onto your home is to frame out the location. Typically, for a standard sized garage, your contractor should be able to have it up in a few weeks. Once the initial enclosure is finished, it is time to have insulation added and begin running the electric and plumbing (if desired) elements. Again, if you are not familiar with these things you should hire a professional.
Costs of a Garage Addition
In most cases the addition of a garage will run you 30k to 50k, depending on the size and features you wish to incorporate. The more you add to your garage the more expensive it will become. Many times by working on some aspects of the garage project yourself, or enlisting the help of experienced friends and family, you are able to save large amounts of money.
A garage is a great addition to any home. Not only will you have additional space, it will add to the overall value of the home. This can be extremely beneficial if you ever decide to sell. Also, with the addition of the garage you will have a safe place to store your vehicles or work on weekend projects, out of the elements. For more information about a garage addition contact Advanced Door today 888-377-3667!