Building garages makes it possible to shelter your vehicle(s), to have space for tinkering and to get one more room to tidy up or store everything that you do not use on a daily basis. But building a garage cannot be improvised, and it is essential to plan it on many levels.
We answer all of the questions in this comprehensive guide to building a garage.
Define your needs before building a garage
Defining your needs is the first step, and it is essential to predict its surface area, your garage plan, but above all, to predict the cost of building your garage.
Before even thinking about the works, you should think about the following points:
- Are you going to use the garage to park a vehicle?
- Will it also be provided as storage space?
- Do you plan to tinker with it and set up a workbench there?
- Do you plan to transform it into a living room in a few years?
- Do you need electrical outlets, heating, ventilation, sink?
By answering all these questions, your project will become more precise, and you will have an idea of the space required, additional costs (electricity, plumbing) and you will be able to plan the garages.
The steps to make a garage
The construction of your garage will, in all cases be subject to the rules in force in your municipality. We, therefore, advise you to check with your town hall as soon as you have your project in mind. Find out, for example, how far there should be between your garage and your neighbour’s house or fence, and what you can and cannot do if you are in a housing estate.
If you use an artisan to build your garage, which we recommend, he can guide and advise you on all the steps you need to do beforehand.
Plan for the future
Think about the future when planning your garage!
The service life of a garage is usually longer than that of a vehicle. In order to be prepared for changes in the size and number of vehicles, the garage should be planned so that it will also meet higher requirements in the future.
- In the case of single garages, it must be considered that later vehicles can be larger. Therefore, the size of the garage should not be exactly the right size for the current car, but rather should be more spacious.
- In old age, due to possible physical impairments, more space in the garage for getting in and out and manoeuvring may be required. This should also be considered when choosing the size.
- If children live in the household, more vehicles could be added. If it is foreseeable that the number of cars will increase in the next few years, planning a double garage may already make sense. The free space can be used as a storage room or for bicycles.
Think about ventilation
If a garage is not adequately ventilated, this can lead to high air humidity, mould and corrosion on the vehicle. Ventilation openings are provided as forced ventilation in garages, usually in the garage door and in the rear wall as well as in the roof area. But especially in the wet season and in winter this is often not enough. To be on the safe side, installing a window is recommended as an additional ventilation option and for cross ventilation when the garage door is open. Another preventive measure to avoid moisture in the garage is a slope in the garage floor towards the gate.
Well, those were the traits that you must look for in your garage. Ask your local garages builder and he will help you further.