📌Do you spend all week looking forward to weekends with your boat, ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis or other toys? We all have our favorite toys that help make life fun. When you’re not out on the road or water, they may pose storage problems for some homeowners. You can’t leave them sitting outside in the elements all winter and, with your cars and the lawnmower, you don’t have room to store them in your garage.
📌Last year, homeowners spent nearly $19 billion💵💵💵 on home improvements, reports Scarborough, a consumer trend research group. If you’re thinking about joining this club by building a garage addition to your home, there are a few important things to consider. These tips will get you started in the right direction before you start hammering nails or calling contractors.
1️⃣Research Your Zoning Laws
Before you do anything else, find out what the zoning laws are in your area. They will state such things as where a garage can be located on your property and the size limitations.
2️⃣An Attached or Detached Garage?
The Housing Forum recommends an attached garage if you just need something in which to park your cars. This is a less expensive option because one wall will already be in place. A detached garage would be the choice in which to have a workshop where you want to shield the house from the noise of power tools.
3️⃣Estimating the Costs
The prices can vary greatly based on the location in the U.S., the materials and “extras” you add such as a floor drain, extra electrical outlets or built-in shelves. For planning purposes, the Housing Forum suggests using $40 to $50 per square foot for a basic construction. This makes an average one-car garage run $9,600 to $12,000 and a two-car garage $15,200 to $19,000.
4️⃣Will you add living space over the garage? This is a cost effective solution once you’ve put in the foundation and a roof and you have the option of finishing this space at a later date.
5️⃣Do you plan to build it yourself or hire a professional? It might seem tempting to DIY a garage addition because it’s much smaller than a house but in reality, it still requires the same steps to be followed for a lot less square footage … with the exception of finishing the interior. You’ll be better off if you hired someone to handle the structural work while you focus on the finishing details.
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