How to Construct a Garage
Choosing a suitable location for your garage is paramount if this project is to be deemed a success. Make sure that it doesn’t obscure or block the house is the first point that needs to be considered, but remember it needs to be accessible if you plan to keep vehicles in there. Not all garages have to be attached to your house because detached options are available, but bear in mind these will require more land.
Building a new garage is not a small task as building regulations need to be abided by, and planning permission will need to be sought found as well. This is something that needs to be kept in mind when determining the location of your garage. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If your garage incorporates a wooden structure that is less than 30m2, while having an external ridge that is less than 4 meters in height, planning permission may not be required. This is always worth double checking as building regulations change regularly.
To determine the size of your garage, you will need to analyse your needs and consider a location. Garages and garage doors often come in made to measure sizes, but generally, a single door will only be sufficient for one vehicle. Regular doors will usually be between 2140 mm – 2440 mm width, by 1980 mm – 2140 mm height. You will of course need to account for additional room, but this really depends on the proposed location of your garage. If you have a reasonable amount of space marked out, it is worth noting that garages can have multiple bays to secure a number of vehicles.
Now that the location and the size of the garage have been planned out, the type of opening mechanism it uses will need to be looked at. Common options include; roller doors, side hinged doors, and trackless canopy mechanisms. One of the key points to consider is the weight of the door because this will affect the type of mechanism that can be used. For example, heavy doors will not be suitable for trackless canopy mechanisms, while roller doors are more susceptible to jamming.
You will want to consider how you propose to gain access to your garage. Some doors will open inwards, while others will open outwards. The design of the garage is one area that will require a lot of planning. Two points that should not be overlooked are the levels of security and how the garage looks.
As already stated, a garage that uses a timber frame may not require planning permission, assuming that it abides by the guidelines. For many, this is a big plus, but there are numerous materials garages can be made from, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Common options include; bricks, metal, timber and masonry. At the same time, the doors used are often made of contrasting materials.
When making a decision regarding the materials; price, security, durability and aesthetic appeal are all factors that need to be considered. By making a list of your own needs you can select a material that meets your unique requirements.
Choosing the right type of garage for your home is not an easy task, nor is it a decision that should be made overnight. It will require a fair amount of planning and preparation, as it is an expensive long term choice that will have an impact on the value of your home. There are many factors that need to be considered, some of which have been looked at in this article, but to get best out of this planning stage your own requirements have to be listed as well. Preparation is the key to success, and by being proactive and researching key points you will be able to build a garage that not only meets your needs, but also compliments your home.
Of course, if you are considering building a garage then it is always a good idea to ask for building advice from your local building company.
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