Things to think about building a garage
Building a garage as an extension to your home has many advantages. Not only does it make your home more appealing visually, but it also boosts its market value.
Even though a project this big requires serious commitment, time, money and effort, if you’re thinking about putting the house up for sale in the near future, you’ll appreciate the shiny new price tag.
Whichever way you look at it, you simply cannot start your project without getting in touch with the good people down at the local council for a briefing on what you can and what you absolutely can’t do to the roof, the doors, the wiring, the windows, the design and the base materials for your garage.
To detach, or not to detach?
There are two types of garages, detached and attached. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Attached garages are more popular because they have something innovative in the form of a door that directly links to the house, usually via your living area. This saves you from exposing yourself to the harsh environment that awaits outside. Be it a rain or a downright snow blizzard, the attached garage spares you from whatever the elements have in store.
You no longer have to put on protective equipment such as a raincoat, or a warm and comfy jacket to face a harsh and cruel environment on your journey from the house to your detached garage which could be located, depending on the situation, at a distance of 20 to 50 feet from the house, or more.
Depending on your financial circumstances, both options require some preparations to be made and some preplanning to ensure that your house improvement project does not crumble under its own weight.
Orientation is one of the most important aspects to take into consideration when making a garage extension. If it is an attached garage, it will probably face the street at a slight angle, so make sure not to get your maths wrong, or you may have to drive through the front lawn to park your car inside the garage, if the garage is not properly aligned with your alleyway.
The same applies to detached garages; this type of addition can be trickier as there are different ways to position them, such as in front of the house, behind the house, or beside the house.
If you don’t mind having a nicely decorated patio on top of your garage, consider a flat roof with generous amounts of foliage to protect the house from the elements and to lower your heating bills. Of course, there’s also the matter of finding the right roof shape for your particular house, so don’t be afraid to explore different options.
Doors and windows
You’re probably better off with tailored doors and windows which not only match the house, but are also made from state-of-the-art materials which insulate, protect and are eye-catching. You can always try a virtual online garage door viewer to get a feel for combining features such as size, colour, style and material for a perfect result.