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Plan a Garage  Addition? Here are Some Ideas and Benefits

garage plan additionA garage addition can be a pricey project, but cheaper than many other custom additions. Does the value justify the cost? It depends on what you’re planning to do with the space, if you’re using it for storage then probably not. However, if you’re looking to store your vehicle in the new space, yes.

The challenge may be in creating a garage that’s large enough to house your vehicle, as well as some storage space. Your plan should consider the height of a large truck, as well as the width and height of your garage door, and workbenches and storage shelves.

Consider Addition Budget and Costs

Provided you have set a reasonable budget and maximize your buck, you should recoup at least 75% of your addition investment on resale. Typically, a detached 2 car garage costs around $20,000. It’s important to note that double garages hold a greater appeal to potential buyers.

Before you get too involved visit the planning department to determine how close to your property’s edge you can build. Ask about restrictions applying to garages, as there may be specific requirements. Rules may also determine the height, driveway design, and the percentage of your lot that can covered with pavement and roofs.

Before you Call in the Professionals

Consider whether you want a standard sized garage, or a 2 car with extra storage space. Will it be freestanding, or do you want it attached to the home? It’s cheaper to opt for an attached garage, but the choice is ultimately yours. Additionally, there is a certain convenience with an attached garage- you don’t have to deal with the weather, and it’s the perfect area to create a mudroom and laundry area. Though, you can create a breezeway between a detached garage and your home, dependent on its location. A separate structure will keep noise and exhaust fumes out of the home.

What Else to Consider

A garage means a driveway, which requires at least eight feet of space, and twenty feet for two cars. If you plan to park in the garage there needs to be around 20 feet of space between the garage door and the sidewalk (check with your planning department to be sure). If you live on a busy street of have a long driveway you may want to consider a turnaround area.

A garage is an accessory, so it should look like it- it shouldn’t dwarf your home or stick out like a sore thumb. That’s easier to achieve to great effect when building a detached garage. If you have big vehicles, consider setting it back from the house ensures that it will seem less dominant.

A garage addition will add value to your home, as well as offering you a safe space for your vehicles, and additional storage space to create more room in your home. Contact us and our professional Team will Help you to build the best Garage addition of your dreams.

Some ideas for garage additions:

  • Storage room

  • Workshop

  • Playroom

  • New living space