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What you’ll need to consider before adding a garage to a finished home

Adding a garage to a finished home

Perhaps you want extra storage space or a secure home for your vehicles – whatever the reason, a garage is a great addition to your home. Before you make arrangements, however, there are a few key things you need to consider.

Research your area’s zoning laws

The first step of the process is to inquire about the zoning laws in your area. Designers and contractors are typically familiar with these requirements and will guide you in the right direction. It’s always helpful to know this information ahead of time so you and your builder are on the same page.

Zoning laws will tell you:

  • Where a garage can be located on your property
  • Size limitations of the garage on your lot
  • How close you can build to the edges of your property
  • Special restrictions and requirements such as materials and drainage
  • Driveway designs
  • Wall or roof heights

Decide between an attached or detached garage

Next, you’ll need to decide whether you want an attached or detached garage. Both come with their advantages and disadvantages – it’s all about finding what makes sense for the design of your home, your needs, and what you’ll be using the garage for.

For example:

  • Attached garage – A less expensive option as one wall is already in place. The biggest advantage is convenience. You won’t need to step a foot outside to enter your home and you can use part of the space like a mudroom.
  • Detached garage – ideal for those who want to use their garage as a workshop. A detached structure keeps fumes, dust, and noise out.

Do you need a single or double garage?

When deciding between a single or double garage, you’ll need to factor in the space it will take on your lot as well as the driveway space. As a rule of thumb:

  • Single car garage – start with 14 x 20 feet and a 10 feet wide driveway
  • Double car garage – start with a 20 x 24 feet and a 20 feet wide driveway

Design and garage door installation

You want your new garage to look like a part of your home and match its aesthetics, especially for a detached garage. A big part of this is the door as it takes up most of the front-facing space. Work with a reputable garage door company to help you choose the right material, colour, and style. While it may increase your expense, it will also add curb appeal and value to your home should you choose to sell it in the future.

With your garage door installation, speak with your rep about the latest technology in garage door openers. Modern openers allow you to access your garage door remotely through an app, set security features, and send an alert to your mobile device when someone opens the garage door, among many other options.


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