If you want to start a home improvement project on your own, deciding on adding a new garage to the house can be a very good idea. It can be very useful and the value of the house is increased as well. Before starting to work on it, you should find out what costs are involved and you should have a plan.
To start your garage addition plan, start with the sketches. These will allow you to understand how the garage will be tied with the rest of the house. While most people will want a big garage, keep in mind that you should keep some proportions between the garage and your house. If the garage length is longer than 2/3 of the house, chances are that it will not look good from the street.
After you make those sketches in the beginning, take them a step further, adding more details. If the garage is complex you should get the help of an architect to make sure everything is in order. Either way, the garage plans should have dimensions and scaled drawings, with sectional views of the construction, plus the materials that will be used. Some examples of things that need to be drawn include the sill plate/foundation transition, the foundation/footing transition or the roof/wall rafter transition.
The costs of the building will obviously depend on the builder. If it’s a DIY project at least partially, then the price will start to be calculated from the materials bill from the planning phase. Once you have a bill of materials with everything you need, any store with home improvement materials can give you a price for everything on your list. In some cases, you should go directly to specialty stores to get a quote. This is true especially for garage doors. If you get some subcontractors, they should also be able to give you the pricing on a garage door.
If you’re the general contractor and you decide to work with subcontractors, you should get them as early as possible and work with them on the development schedule and the plans for your garage. They will give you a fixed estimate that is firm, based on the bill of materials and the plans you made. The subcontractor bid should also have on it the date of start and completion.
Once you have the costs and the plans for the garage, you can start getting the necessary permits. After you get the permits you can begin working on your new garage. Keep in mind that no plan is full proof and things happen that will delay it. Take that into consideration and put a buffer in your schedule, so the overall building period isn’t affected by the delays.
Keep checking everything before it happens. For example, talk with your suppliers to ensure that your next shipment of building materials will arrive in time. Also, talk with your subcontractors, and find out if they have any problems keeping the schedule you agreed on.
By taking a careful approach and considering all the possible delays and problems you will have a fun time building your garage.