1. Thinking ahead to the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons and dreaming of a real garage to protect your car plus your family in inclement weather? 2. Sick and tired of lugging in soggy groceries from outside and wishing you could enter your home directly from your garage? 3. Living with a vintage era carport and ready for walls and a garage door? 4. Realizing that your house won't fetch top-dollar because buyers want garages?
The great news is that right now is the perfect time get your new garage designed, planned, and built. Here are the top things you need to know in order to get started.
Why Build a Garage?
Even building a very basic one-car garage or closing in your carport is a process with many different steps and requirements. Our top suggestion is to plan ahead and maximize everything you can. Build your new garage once and do it right - it's an investment. Thinking ahead about things like electricity and lighting (interior and exterior), adding a room on top or including an apartment, allowing for plumbing for a sink or bathroom, planning for windows, choosing a high quality garage door, and adding storage features or workshop space is the way to go. It’s better to include everything you need now plus a few things you think the next homeowner might want or need in your original design and engineering plan at the start.
A roomy new garage provides shelter from inclement weather, extra storage space, increased personal safety, room for messy outdoor and landscaping tools, and adds significant convenience. Parking your car in the garage can also prevent a wide range of losses to your vehicle, including storm damage, vandalism, break-ins, hit-and-run accidents and theft.
Something additional to consider even if you don’t feel that building a garage is crucial for you right this minute is that many homebuyers won’t even look at homes that don’t have a garage. The negative impacts of skipping out on a garage might not show up until you’re ready to sell: longer times sitting on the market, sales price reductions, or potentially not getting attention from qualified buyers if there are comparable homes available which have a garage. A 2-car garage is usually expected in 4-season climate zones, and if you have the space, building a 2+ or 3-car garage is even better.
Garage Trends and Design Tips from the ecobeco Design Build Team:
- Include room for organized storage and workshop space in garage interiors
- Premium grade garage doors are a proven winner with homebuyers
- If possible, locate your garage on the side of a house with enough turnaround room, rather than having it face the street, which is less visually attractive
- Include space for bicycles, garden equipment, and outdoor furniture
- Including plumbing, electrical outlets and circuits, and a roof structure that is expanded and enhanced to run air ducts for future heating and cooling all would increase the construction cost somewhat, but would also permit converting the garage to a habitable room later on
- Match or echo the new garage design details to your home’s exterior materials and roofline
- If you attach your garage to your home, make sure to air seal and insulate so car exhaust fumes do not enter your home. Garages are outside the building envelope, and your contractor needs to take steps to make sure air does not mix
- If you attach your garage to your home, make sure you have a door that automatically closes
Choosing Your Design: The Fun Part!
Your General Contractor will love you for coming in with a few garage ideas already in hand showing what you’re thinking about. How...? Our top 2 suggestions are to take a Sunday Drive in your own neighborhood and surrounding areas with your camera, look around, and take photos of everyone else’s garages that catch your eye. You might find some neat surprises and gather great ideas in just a couple of short hours.
Easier still, from your very own sofa or kitchen table, you can look for ideas on our favorite new home design resource, www.houzz.com under the search function for “garage” in Photos. You can create your own Houzz account for FREE and then save the photos you like best in your very own “Garage Ideas” Ideabook. Learn how to create your own Ideabooks here.
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Ideabooks are a fun and fast way to collect great ideas which satisfy your personal wish list and also make sense with the style of your home. Your new Ideabook can quickly be shared with your architect or builder via email. With a handful of quality garage photos, you’ll be able to jumpstart the communication process and help us match your ideas and needs to your desired budget range.
Ready to get going on your dream garage before winter? Contact Kelly with your ideas today by clicking on the image below - we're ready to help!