The Steps to Building a New Garage

Published: 11th August 2010
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As the owner of Lifestyle Building & Remodeling Co. Inc., a premier contractor that services Raleigh and the Triangle Park area in North Carolina, Paul Beaudoin says that among the most popular construction projects for homeowners to take on right now are attached and detached garages.

In this current economy, many people feel reluctant to buy or sell their homes, so they are instead turning to contractors and remodeling companies in an effort to expand the spaces they already have. For homeowners hoping to build an attached or detached garage, there are a number of steps that they must follow in order to get the job done.

Here are Beaudoin's steps to having a new garage built in Raleigh:

1. Make sure to have enough empty land to build a full garage on.

Just because there is not enough land directly beside an existing home to build an attached garage does not mean there's not enough space to build any garage. Many homeowners instead choose to build their new garages in an area that is set back slightly from the main residence. Although there are no one-size-fits-all space requirements when it comes to the amount of land needed to build a separate garage, it can be helpful to call a contractor out to have a look at the land and ensure that there is enough space for the project before drawing up any plans.

2. Decide whether the garage is going to be attached or detached to the main house.

Whether or not the garage will be attached or detached will determine where exactly it needs to be placed on the property. If price is an important factor, it may be helpful to know that attached garages tend to be slightly more expensive than detached garages. In general, building a detached garage could save a homeowner between 5% and 10% off the total cost of the project. The reason for the price difference is because attached garages have to be tied in to the preexisting home as far as walls and siding are concerned-so that is what can drive up the overall cost a bit.

3. Ask the HOA for approval before moving forward with the garage building process.

Most homeowners building new garages in Raleigh have some type of neighborhood association or group they must get permission from before building any new structure. And it is important to get this permission early before spending too much time, energy, and money on the project.

4. Start thinking about exactly what type of garage you want.

Will it be a one-story or two-story? Will it have one door or two doors? If cost is a big consideration, I recommend sticking with a one-floor, one-door garage as a way to keep construction prices as low as possible. One-door garages tend to be more useful on a day-to-day basis than two-door garages, so that might be something to keep in mind as well.

5. Decide whether to match the style of the garage to the style of the house.

The latest trend for new garages in Raleigh has been to draw up a carriage house style design, featuring dormers, cupolas, and anything else the homeowner can dream up. Garages don't necessarily have to be made to look exactly like the houses they are sitting next to.

6. Decide exactly what the new garage will be used for.

Beyond just parking cars, garages can be used as work rooms, play rooms, exercise rooms, and even living quarters for in-laws or guests. Homeowners hoping to use their new garages for these things will need to let their contractors know so that the proper lighting, heating, and plumbing elements can be included in the initial construction.

Building a new garage in Raleigh can be a time-consuming-and sometimes costly-project, with the average price for a two-car garage starting out at between $18,500 and $19,000 for most homeowners. That price just covers a basic garage, and a lot of people are choosing to go above and beyond that. Homeowners looking to build a more extravagant setup can expect to spend upwards of $60,000 for a "completely finished" garage with painted walls and an exterior that matches the design of the home. No matter what specific design or style a homeowner is going for, my company can deliver great results to people on all types of budgets in the North Carolina area.

Paul Beaudoin is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find a contractor or more contractor articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.

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