Whether you are looking to add a garage to a new construction or an existing home, an on-site construction garage is one way to achieve your goal. Many people elect to have detached garages for simple reasons. Either they live an existing home where no garage exists or they have built a new construction and do not want the garage to be part of the house. Another possibility is converting an existing attached garage to additional living space and recouping the garage space with new on-site construction.
Whatever your reasons for needing a garage, an on-site construction garage means all construction from foundation to footers to framing and roofing will occur on site. In areas where weather is a non-issue, an on-site construction garage should not take much time, but in areas where rainfall is common, weather can delay on-site construction.
Before you begin on-site construction garage, check your local building codes. There are likely to be restrictions on size, easements, and location in addition to other possible restrictions. Electrical codes as well as building codes apply, so make sure you thoroughly read over your local building codes and ask your local inspector to clarify any questions before construction begins. If you are using a contractor, they should be familiar enough with the codes to meet them head on.
Before you begin an on-site construction garage, check with your insurance company as well. You should be able to insure the garage to cover accidental loss as soon as the builder’s insurance is void. If you are building the garage on-site yourself, make sure you find out what your existing home-owner’s policy covers as it applies to a detached structure.
You can expect to need a foundation, footers and framing and this should take about 14 days if the weather is good. With the shell in place, sheeting and roofing can go on and finally the façade, trim and doors. If you would like to save time and money, you might want to consider the alternatives to an on-site construction garage, such as a garage kit or prefabricated garage. Be sure to explore all your options before deciding what to build.
A garage can be as small as a one car garage, but anything smaller is usually considered a storage shed, not a garage. Local building codes may prohibit size so again, be sure to research thoroughly. If you are attaching a garage to a house, you should consider insulation and other energy efficient factors that might effect the house itself. Parking a car that has sat in a parking lot on a cold, winter’s day in an attached garage is like parking a quarter-ton ice cube in your house.
With thorough research of building options and codes, you will be able to choose the right size and location of your garage – whether you build an on-site construction garage or use an alternative building method such as a prefab kit.
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