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Tips On Adding A Garage To Your Property

Aug 17, 2007
Often times, you may find yourself wishing you had purchased a house with a garage. You may need a place to store vehicles, or that lawn mower that is taking up room in the yard or shop. Fortunately, this is a solution.

Now, more and more people are deciding to add garages to their homes. Whether you wish to add an attached or detached garage, it doesn't have to be that difficult. This article contains tips that will help you in making the various decisions that will be necessary, and will assist you in getting started.

A garage addition will help you use your property to its full advantage, and will provide you with many storage options. You will be able to store cars, boats, tools, and much, much more. They may be built as an add-on to the house, called an attached garage, or apart from the house, which will make it a detached garage. Depending on the amount of space you have close to your house, you may decide to build a larger garage as a detached structure, which will allow you to construct a larger building. If this is not an issue, an attached garage will probably work just fine.

A garage addition will also allow you to gain extra much needed space, develop a rental unit such as an apartment for college-aged children or your mother-in-law, r even establish a home office that will give you privacy while still allowing you the luxury of working at home.

By optimizing the location of your garage, you will be able to diminish the importance of the garage, while allowing your house to become the focal point of your property. Also, adding a garage to your property can enhance your property value, which can be very useful should you ever decide to sell.

If you are looking to minimize cost, try to use existing foundation. This, of course, will depend on the location of the foundation, as well as its load bearing capacity. This may also help you decide how large your garage will be because of the space you will have available for building the structure.

If location is important, keep in mind how you want others to see your garage. For example, if you want it to be visible from the street, do you want it to look like a garage? Would placing it somewhere else have a better overall effect? This, of course, will depend on the space you have available and how useable it is.

Make a list of what you want this new addition to contain. If you are just looking for a place to park cars, you won't need as many amenities as you would if you want a shop or to build a small apartment or living quarters. Keep in mind the budget from which you are working, and be sure to stay within it. Plan carefully, after all, the addition is permanent.
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