Things to consider before building a garage
If you do not have a garage and decide that you need one, there are several things that you should consider. First, consider what you plan to use the garage for. The obvious answer is that you will use it to protect your vehicles from damage and theft. However, many people also use their garages as workshops or for storage.
The first thing that you should get information about is a building permit. If you hire a contractor to build your garage, they should be able to obtain the building permit. If you build the garage yourself, please read the building permit carefully. More than one homeowner has had to alter or remove a garage because the structure was too close to the property line. Make sure that you have enough square footage on your property for the garage you want and that you have enough clearance for a driveway.
You may also want to check with your civic or homeowners association to see if they have any guidelines as far as style or appearance of the garage. They will most likely suggest that the structure matches the color and architecture of your house. This may be a more important consideration if you are thinking about purchasing a prefabricated garage kit. Many of these kits are much less expensive than building a traditional garage. They may also be relatively easy to erect, but your neighbors may consider them unsightly.
If you decide to build your garage yourself, you will need to decide if you need electricity or running water in the garage. Almost everyone wants electric lights and a place to plug in power tools. Some people also like to be able to wash their hands in a sink in the garage so that they do not get grease on anything in the house.
If you have the skills to install plumbing and wiring, then make sure that you do so according to the most recent building codes in your community. A reputable contractor should be familiar with these codes and be able to explain them to you if you decide to hire one.
If you want your garage to double as a workshop, design it so that it's large enough for you to work in without having to remove a vehicle. It may be helpful to design the garage with a workbench and storage for tools rather than putting these things in as an afterthought.
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