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How to Build a Garage

There are several ways to build a garage, but this article is focused on how to build a garage where a house exists. It is important to determine if you are building the garage attached to or detached from the house. Check with your local municipal zoning department to determine if there are ordinances in place that may allow only one or the other. Once the location is determined, decide what size garage you will build and subsequently apply for a building permit.

When the legalities are taken care of construction can begin. Typically, if you are hiring a contractor, they already know how to build a garage and they should assume responsibility for securing permits. If your contractor doesn’t assume responsibility for securing a permit, find another one. If you are learning how to build a garage yourself, there are two options. The first is to build the garage with raw materials and a blueprint you design yourself. The second is to build with a garage kit.

Garage kits come in several different sizes, most of which will suit the average property owner’s needs. If you are looking to build an over-sized or uniquely shaped garage, you’ll probably need to design it yourself. If you aren’t familiar with how to build a garage, a garage kit may be the better choice. A garage kit typically includes pre-cut lumber or steel, trusses, trim, and exterior walls. It will typically not include roofing material, windows or skylights, utility doors, and more often than not, doesn’t include the overhead door or doors. Some manufacturers do allow for adding extras such as skylights and shelves when ordering.

If using a kit, you should check the manufacturer’s concrete specifications and set your foundation accordingly. Further, check what options come standard and what is extra, bearing in mind that you may have to make modifications to a kit’s plans to get what you want. Other factors to consider when figuring out how to build a garage from a kit or from scratch include load-bearing weight of the roof especially if you live in a particularly snowy area, maintenance upkeep of the exterior walls, and whether overhead storage needs to be included.

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