In a 2017 report by the US Department of Energy, it was found that 63% of homes had a garage or carport.
They’re just about synonymous with the American way of life. 70% of new construction is being built with garages right off the bat.
However, you may still have an old garage, or you may have a home that doesn’t currently have one. Are you looking for tips on how to build a garage?
Look no further, we have the top 5 tips you should consider. Keep reading to find out!
- Starting With the Foundations
Garages are built right on top of the foundation. As you can imagine, wearing away something as important as your foundation isn’t such a good idea. Many people are building a garage with performance garage flooring in mind, like Epoxy floors or polyurethane treatments.
Treating the garage floor is as important as putting drywall on your home’s walls, and will likely last longer if done right.
- A Mudroom Entry
Most people enter their home through a utility room attached to their garages with washing machines and dryers. Trudging through the house to the front door foyer before taking your boots or shoes off tracks mud, dirt, and more through your home.
Not only is it something that increases the amount you need to clean, but it decreases the lifetime of your carpets or flooring inside your home.
Creating a mudroom entry provides more space for unsightly boots and shoes, keeping your front door foyer clear. It also is more practical for day-to-day use.
- Facing the Street: Time for a Change
Garages have been changing over time from 8′ to 9′ and now 10′ wide to accommodate trucks, vans, and large SUVs. But it isn’t just the size of the garage that matters but the orientation and security they provide.
Even more, the configuration of the house can drastically change by rotating the garage by 45° or 90°. This could either improve the efficiency of the space or decrease it, depending on how you can design the driveway.
If you’re low on space, front-facing may be best.
- Life Above the Garage
A lot of people are opting for a secondary living space or office spaces above the garage. This can be converted or designed as a lock-off or useful space for your home office or studio.
This brings the idea of a garage band to a whole new level — no pun intended.
- Curb Appeal You Can Feel
Having the garage in the back of the house with a rotation can keep curb appeal high and improve privacy. A second story over a garage also typically raises the roof and the second story higher, due to an extra 6″ required for garage door systems.
Having a higher roof in the back is aesthetically more pleasing than having that in the front.
Easy-Mode: Building a Garage Everyone Loves
Building a new garage can be a daunting task with all the choices available, such as making it an attached or detached garage. Once you’ve tackled the garage design and types of garages that work best for you you’ll be glad you did.
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