Designing Garage Additions Designing Garage Additions

The construction of garage additions is a great way to create extra space in your home. The first and one of the most important aspects of this procedure is the design process, which enables you to outline exactly what you want to achieve.

Ideas

If you have decided that you want to construct a garage addition, then you are probably aware of exactly what you want to achieve. However, if you are only at a stage of knowing that you want to utilize the space but don't know how, then it's worth brainstorming to determine the use that the area will be put to. List all the possibilities before outlining the pros and cons of each of them.

Planning

Once you have a final list of possible options for your garage addition, you will be in a position to determine whether the ideas can feasibly be put in place with the existing structure. Whether you are seeking to add an extension or to renovate the existing garage, you must examine how the garage is currently used to help you decide. For example, if the garage is used for two cars and you wish to continue doing so, will there be sufficient room to do the work? If the garage is used extensively, will a room above it be too noisy to conveniently be lived in?

Consider the utilities that will be required for your addition and what it will take to put these in place. For example, if you want to create a living space, you must take heating, cooling and air conditioning into account.  

Start Sketching

After coming to a final decision about the garage addition that you want, make a sketch of the garage as it currently stands before adding your proposal. Make a note of the dimensions and any particular requirements.

Find out whether any permits are required before you undertake any work yourself or contact any professionals. Should you require a permit, you will probably find it easy to obtain if any of the surrounding properties have undergone similar work.    

Consider how the end result will look and whether the façade will fit in with the rest of the property, and whether you will mind if it does stand out.

Do It Yourself

If undertaking the work yourself, you can now gather the materials and equipment required. If possible, take a photograph of the garage and bring it with you to the hardware store, along with the plan that you've outlined. This will make it easy for you to obtain any staff assistance that you may need.  

Professionals

Engaging a professional architect and contractor is an easier way to proceed, as they can provide advice and confirm the validity of your plans. They can determine whether the structure of the garage is sound and capable of bearing the work it takes to create an addition. Consider those that have extensive experience in undertaking the work that you require.

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