How Much it Costs to Build a Garage
As home sizes increase so does the size of garages. It seems people are looking to house bigger and more vehicles in addition to using the area for storage. As a result, more people are paying attention to garage design when building or renovating a home. There are many factors that play into how much a garage costs. Obviously size is a major factor and when you start adding on expensive siding like cedar clapboard or cedar roofing materials and expensive garage doors it will dramatically increase the cost of the garage. Below is our garage construction costs calculator. This will give you a ball park price as to how much your basic garage costs.
Here’s Some Tips for Designing a New Garage
Although garages are typically inexpensive to build, some people still try to cut costs by using cheap materials or working with inexperienced contractors. Unfortunately, this only leads to garages that detract from the home’s visual aesthetic and an overall poor experience during its lifetime of use. When designing your garage, here are several tips to help you create a space that benefits you and your lifestyle.
Attached Garage or Detached Garage
Almost all new homes these days have attached garages. Undoubtedly, attached garages offer a number of conveniences like direct access to the home which helps you avoid bad weather. However, attached garages limit your home and garage design options. On the other hand, detached garages increases your design options but can be inconvenient to use. Still, you should consider the benefits and disadvantages of both and pick one that suits your needs the best.
Consider Redesigning the Entrance
Most modern day garages are laid out in a specific way that is designed to save money. The garage faces the street. When you enter the home from the garage, you will usually have to go through the utility or laundry room and a small bathroom. Although a cost-saving design, this space is wasted because it does not get a lot of use. It is better to design your garage and surrounding area so that you get full use of all the areas in and around your home.
Garages are Bigger
Today, over 63% of new garages are able to accommodate two cars at minimum and 19% have enough space for three or more vehicles. This is vastly different from the early seventies when only 39% of homes had garage space for two cars. The majority of homes at that time only had one-car garages, most likely because people could only afford one car. These days, the average family has at least two cars and some even have SUVs, large pickup trucks, and minivans. When designing your garage, consider building a large one that can hold multiple cars. This can be used as a selling point should you decide to sell your home.
Reorient Your Garage
To improve your home’s curb appeal, build your garage so that the entrance sits at an angle to the street. The best offset is 90 degrees, but even a 45 degree offset can reduce the impact a garage’s entrance has on your home’s design. Match the garage’s façade to your home’s to ensure it blends in well. You can accomplish this by choosing the same siding, trim, windows, and doors that you have on your house. Instead of one giant garage door, install two smaller ones for a more elegant look.
The Space Above the Garage
One of the benefits of having a detached garage is it is easier to build an addition to the home on top of it. This is an excellent way to expand your home to provide room for additional family members, for rental income, or to use as a home office. You can still add an additional room over an attached garage, but you may need to raise your roof several inches to accommodate the combined heights of the room and the garage. Whichever way you go, be sure to work with a qualified contractor who can help you create the best space for your home.
Steps and Stairs
If your home has multiple levels, you can install a stairwell that will allow you to access the upper level from the garage. To maintain balance in the space, put the stairs on one side of the garage and then use the opposite side for storage or as a work area. For those that want to build the stairwell for a rental unit, your local building codes may require the stairs to be placed on the exterior of the home. A local building inspector can provide additional information about this.
Mind the Weather
If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you need to leave enough space for snow removal. Avoid building your garage close to the end of your driveway. Doing so will make it harder to plow and may contribute to faster wear and tear from all of the salt and moisture splashed on the door by snow removal machines and cars.