Many homes already come complete with garages. However, often the occasion will arise where you want to build your own. Perhaps you are building a new one in place of an old structure, or perhaps your property doesn’t currently have a garage. Either way, you will need some advice from the experts in order to know where to start. Here are some important guidelines for anybody thinking about installing a new garage:
Know what is practical within the space you have
Often, you won’t need planning permission to build a new garage onto your existing property. However this will largely depend on the size of the garage that you want to build and how tall it will be. Do your research and make sure you know exactly what is required.
Make sure you know exactly where you garage is going to go and how you will access it. Some types of garage door need lots of space to operate, whereas others can fit into a more compact space. Know what is possible and make your decision from there.
Ensure you kit it out properly
Will you need insulation? Will you need your garage to have power? What doors will you choose? These are all important questions to ask whilst building your new garage.
Doors are especially important for a number of reasons:
- They will keep your garage safe and secure.
- They will provide excellent insulation.
- They should complement the aesthetics of your existing building.
- They need to work within the space you have.
- They need to provide simple access for you and any vehicles you want to store.
It’s advisable to decide on the doors you’re going to install before you begin your garage building project. If you have plenty of space available and want to save money, choose an up and over door. These come in at a fairly low price point but will swing open, meaning that you will need to give them room to operate. To save space, you can choose something like a sectional door or roller door, both of which open vertically. For the ultimate convenience, install an automatic opener as well.
Think about the cost
Make sure you plan and budget before jumping headfirst into any new building work. You should have a good idea of how much everything will cost and should conduct some research into how much the process will set you back. You can find a more detailed breakdown of pricing here:
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Remember that labour will be one of the most expensive parts of the process – don’t underestimate it. If you aren’t an experienced builder yourself, you will need to hire someone who is. In order to get someone you trust who really knows what they’re doing, you need to be willing to pay the right price. You will probably need someone to install your garage door for you, too.
Follow these points and you will have a practical and robust garage that will provide many years of convenience and add to the value of your property.