Does your home lack a garage? If you have always wished you had a garage, you might consider adding one to your home. Residential construction companies can do this, and it is something they do quite regularly. Here are some tips that will help you out if you decide to go this route.
Be open to having a separate garage built.
You might imagine your garage attached to your home because that is often the preferred design. But detached garages do exist, and sometimes, building one is your best option. Attaching a garage to your home will sometimes require that the construction company makes a hole in your home's current exterior wall. That's easier to do with some homes than others, depending on the structure. Building a separate garage does not require modifications to your existing structure, which means it is often much cheaper. If you're not sure which option to choose, get quotes for both an attached and detached garage. Then, decide whether the price difference makes paying for the attached garage worth it or not.
Size up if you have the space.
Building a 1.5 or 2-car garage generally only costs marginally more than building a 1-car garage. All you're really paying for is a bit more materials and labor. The framing, foundation pouring, and opening up of your home wall all have to happen regardless of garage size. A larger garage is so much more usable for projects and the like. You can park a car in it and still have space for storage. So, if you have the space to size up, it's generally wise to do so.
Think carefully before adding heat.
Having a heated garage sounds so nice, but it adds substantially to the cost of the project. Once you run ducts to the garage, your furnace may not be big enough to heat the extra space, so you may end up having to replace your furnace. Then, there's the matter of insulation. A heated garage needs to be well insulated, which really adds to the cost. If you live in a cold climate and want to do projects in your garage in winter, then heating it probably makes sense. But don't jump to the conclusion that your garage has to be heated just to be used for car storage.
Having a garage added to your home can be life-changing. Rely on the tips above for the best results.