If your home lacks a garage, you may wish to have one added to your property. It is usually a lot easier to have a freestanding garage built than to have an attached garage built onto your home. This way, the builders do not have to make changes to the existing walls or structure of your home. However, having a freestanding garage built by a residential construction service does still have its intricacies. Here are some tips to help you through this process.
Hire a design-build company, if possible.
There are two ways to go about having a garage built. You can hire one company to design the garage and a second company to build it. Or, you can hire one company to handle the design and the building of the garage. Often, the second approach is easier. If you hire a design-build company, there are fewer people to stay in contact with. The designers and builders will also be used to working together, so they'll likely be better able to communicate with one another.
Check your local building requirements.
Most towns and cities have regulations as to where you can build a garage. It may need to be a certain distance from the street. Or, it may need to be a certain distance from any existing structures on the property. Check to see what the local regulations are before you get too far into the design process. Your construction company should be aware of these requirements, too, but it does not hurt to check.
Get a quote for electricity and plumbing early.
Running electricity to the garage can be one of the more expensive aspects of the project. If you want to have the garage plumbed, that can be an expensive endeavor, too. If you get quotes for these aspects early on, then you will know how much money you have left to put into the design and actual structure of your garage. There's more flexibility in this part of the process. For example, you can choose a cheaper floor material, if needed, and you can pick a cheaper garage door. The costs of electricity and plumbing are less flexible.
If you follow the tips above, you can have an easier time building a freestanding garage on budget and in compliance with local codes. Make sure you work with a design and building company that has experience building freestanding garages, too.
For more information about this and other residential construction options, contact a local company.