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Home Renovation

How to Plan for Garage Construction

Garages can be transformed into an effective storage space, a cool entertainment area, a workshop to enhance productivity, and more. Since proper planning is imperative, find out how you can create your ideal space by undergoing a full garage renovation.

What’s the Purpose of Having a Garage?

The humble garage can be used for several purposes, including:

Storage 

Garages aren’t just for vehicles but are also used for home storage. Explore the many possibilities, from shelves on the ceilings and walls to tubs in the spot under the stairs.

Workshops

Turn your garage into a functioning workshop or studio by adding workbenches, shelves, and peg boards for your tools and accessories. By taking your handy projects and hobbies into the garage, you’re protected from the rain and outside elements but not cluttering up your home. Plus, the typical concrete floors in a garage are easier to clean. 

If a workshop or a studio is the goal, proper garage ventilation is especially important to displace indoor pollutants and improve air quality. In addition, garage safety features today are better than ever, with door sensor photo eyes that ensure your garage door stops and changes direction if anything gets in the way. 

Additional Living Space

Expand your living space into your garage and make it comfortable with seating, decor, and garage lighting.

Entertainment

Turn your garage into a cool entertainment area by adding tables, seating, speakers, TV, games, a mini-fridge, decor, and garage lighting. Open the door up on those warm summer evenings for a fun indoor and outdoor space for your family and friends. 

Home Gym

Why pay a pricey membership and travel out of your way to the gym to work out surrounded by strangers when you can turn your garage into a home gym? Garages provide plenty of space to stretch out. Not only can you just start with a mat and some weights if you want to keep it simple but you can also open the garage door for some fresh air when you get too warm.

Mudroom

You don’t need to track mud and dirt everywhere when you have a garage—use shelves, cubbies, and coat racks to stay clean and organized.

 

Determine Your Budget

 

Here are the questions to consider when determining the budget and cost of your new garage construction plans:

  • What size garage would you like?
  • What’s the purpose of your new garage?
  • How much money can you allocate?
  • Are you paying in full or securing a loan and financing?

 

Several factors influence garage construction costs, such as:

  • The type of siding and framing
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • The type of garage door
  • Labour costs
  • If you need garage demolition for an existing garage

 

Choosing the Best Location for Your Garage in Your Home

house-garage blueprint

 

Choosing the ideal location for your garage requires some thought because it affects the convenience, functionality, aesthetics, and value of your property. Seeking professional advice from experts like our Etheridge team can help you choose the best location to suit your needs.

Here are some key questions to consider for your garage construction plans:

  • Will the garage be detached or attached to your home? 
  • What’s the size of your property, and where would you have adequate space?
  • What are the height restrictions and other zoning and building codes?
  • How accessible is it?
  • How close is that location to your main house?
  • Are you planning on storing vehicles, and if so, how many?
  • If you plan on a workspace or studio, do you have sufficient room?
  • What about the privacy and noise level?
  • Does that location have good visibility, lighting, and security?
  • Have you checked the property lines in your neighborhood to make sure you have available space for a garage?
  • Does that location have visual appeal and harmonize with your home?

Make Sure You Know the Local Regulations

It’s important you familiarize yourself with local building regulations, city zoning codes, and any homeowner’s association rules as part of your garage construction planning. The last thing you want is to build your dream garage only to be told sometime later that you have to get rid of it. 

Our Etheridge garage contractors are garage-building experts who can ease your mind by guiding you through the process and ensuring you adhere to any codes or regulations. 

How Do You Plan for Garage Layout?

Our Etheridge garage contractors provide carefully thought-out and highly customized garage designs and garage layouts in various sizes and styles.

Why Hire Professionals for Full Garage Construction?

 

Here are some of the advantages of hiring a professional contractor:

  • We’re licensed and experienced.
  • We can help you obtain any of the necessary permits.
  • We’re familiar with local building codes.
  • We streamline the building process and handle everything, from pouring the foundation to installing the roof.
  • We provide personalized service and construct your garage vision into a reality.

 

The right planning and professionalism are pivotal for any successful full garage remodel, design, or construction project. Our family-owned business is dedicated to creating customized, inviting, and functional buildings.

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