A white picket fence, a two car garage, a dog and some children sounds like every American’s dream. However, finding a house in this current market has become quite the challenge as properties are selling within hours of being listed. You may consider making an addition to your current home or adding to a home that is not exactly what you are looking for. Simply adding a room or even a garage to a home changes the whole look of the house. Garages not only add storage room but curb appeal.
5 Things to Consider When Adding A Garage To Your Home?
When considering adding a garage to your home there are several things you may want to consider. Lumber prices have also skyrocketed this year and are now starting to return to more reasonable prices. This will make your project more affordable than it would’ve been six months ago. Here are some other things to think about when contemplating adding a garage:
- How Large- There are so many options when it comes to adding a garage to a home. You may be extending a single car garage into a two-car garage. You may consider adding a two story garage to your home and adding additional living space. Make sure you are giving yourself enough space for your vehicle and some storage. Cars are being made larger and larger now.
- Zoning Regulations– Before you begin building the garage of your dreams it’s crucial to make sure you are able to obtain all the necessary building and zoning documentation. You would be surprised to know how many construction jobs are held up because of zoning issues. Most areas require a certain number of feet from the street and the perimeter of your property. Zoning personnel may also have specific requirements when it comes to building materials and drainage rules. There are certain cases where regulations may be challenged so it is worthy of research.
- Build It Yourself or Hire A Contractor- In the generation of “Do-It-Yourselfers” you may find yourself up for the task of taking on your own garage addition. After learning all your zoning requirements and building codes you will probably start choosing your materials. You may consider selecting materials that match the existing design found throughout your home to create a nice flow. Other factors like budget or a change of style may however steer you away from doing so. Depending on how much of the work you can do yourself you will likely have to hire a reputable contractor to do special jobs like pouring concrete or electrical work. Finding a trained, licensed, and certified contractor is essential to get good work done.
- Attached or Unattached– There are many pros and cons when considering this situation. It is often easier and more affordable to build onto your home. Choosing an attached garage will give you more security and keep you out of the elements as much. A detached garage keeps garage noise and garage items further from the home. Depending on what types of activities you are planning on doing in your garage, a rock band or woodshop, you may prefer to have it further from the home.
- Driveway- One of the last things you may want to consider when adding on a garage is the driveway. You can get creative with your driveway and use it to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Whether you simply add new landscaping around the area or you are extending it to create a two-car driveway you can use various materials. Paver, and stamped concrete create a more expensive look than traditional concrete. Driveways take up a lot of space and range anywhere from 10-24 feet wide.
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