In the United States, approximately 63% of all private residences have a carport or garage. These structures are important for keeping your car safe from dangerous weather conditions. They may even provide your household with extra storage.
If you don’t have a garage space, you may consider adding one to your home. Although garage addition projects require a lot of forethought and hard work, they typically increase the value of your home. Moreover, adding a garage isn’t as expensive as you may expect!
This post will share some tips on how to plan and build an add-on garage.
Research Local Zoning Laws
Before you draw up the blueprints for your new garage, you’ll need to find out about the zoning laws in your municipality. These laws may limit the size of your garage or specify where you can build it on your property.
There may also be separate specifications for attached and detached garages. Further, you might have to consider some special requirements as to the materials.
Single or Double Car
Single car garages can be built with a 14×20 feet addition, while two-car garages require a 20×24 feet space. Keep in mind that these dimensions are only large enough to park your cars without much additional space for storage.
If you want to put anything else in the garage, you’ll have to allow for at least six to eight more feet on each side.
Don’t Forget Your Driveway
If you already have a driveway, you may not need to do much except pour some cement to attach it to the garage.
However, if there is no existing driveway on your property, you should plan one at least ten feet wide for a single-car garage. For a two-car garage, you should prepare for at least a 20-foot wide driveway.
Remember that if there are obstacles on either side of the driveway, such as trees or a wall, you should make it a bit wider.
Estimate the Costs
The cost of building an attached garage varies depending on where you live in the United States and the materials you use. However, the average single-car garage ranges from $10,000 to $12,000, while a standard two-car garage will cost anywhere from $15,000 to $19,000.
Of course, you should factor in extras such as drainage systems, electrical outlets, shelving, and garage door installation.
Decide Whether You’ll Build It Yourself
If you are a contractor or have a lot of experience in the construction industry, you may choose to go the DIY route. Just keep in mind the city’s codes and zoning laws, remembering that you will need to pass an inspection.
Typically, it is best to hire a contractor. By overseeing their work, you can make sure that the costs stay within your budget.
Start Building Your Garage Addition
As you can see, there is so much to consider when building a garage addition onto your home! However, the suggestions outlined in this article will give you a good idea of how to get started.
If you still need some help, be sure to contact a professional contractor in your area! They can help you draw up the plans for your garage and give you a quote for the project.
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