You do not need to be a journeyman carpenter to build a garage. If you understand basic construction techniques and aren’t afraid to get dirty, building a garage is definitely possible for the ambitious homeowner. Following these 3 important steps will put you on the right path to getting the job done right.
1. Determine Garage Type And Size Requirements
The first step is to determine the type of garage you need. Will it be attached-connected to the home, or detached-set away from the home? Do you need a one-car garage, a two-car garage, or perhaps three? Will you need extra door height for a large truck or motor home? What about storage? How much more space will be needed for shelving? Will you be using the garage as a workshop? If so, what equipment and machines will you need space for? These are just a few of the questions that need answered in the first step.
2. Obtain Plans For A Garage
Once you have determined the type and size requirements of your new garage, you will need a set of quality plans for a garage. That can be done three different ways; draw them yourself, pay an Architect or Engineer for a custom drawn set or purchase a pre-drawn set. The benefit of a pre- drawn set is you will be provided with a complete list of materials for your project. This list will be extremely beneficial to you for keeping your job within budget. Should you decide to pay someone to build your garage, providing a contractor with accurate plans and a material take off list will make his job much easier.
3. Apply For Zoning and Building Permits
Now that you have determined your needs and obtain the right drawings, it is time to apply for local Zoning and Building permits. The more information you provide with the applications, the easier it will be for the Zoning officer and Building official to make a determination on your new garage. If you live in a neighborhood that has a Home Owner’s Association, you’ll also need to check with the association to make sure your garage falls within the HOA regulations.