Is Building a Garage Addition a Smart Investment?

Any addition you plan to make to your home has some costs to it, either in terms of funds needed for it or in the inconvenience that any construction process entails. Amongst these, adding a garage is probably the least expensive and the least inconvenient.

This still doesn’t mean you should build a garage in your yard. There are many additional considerations to have in mind, since the answer depends on what value the garage will bring to your property and how you plan to use it.

Zoning laws

The first things to investigate before you get into this project are the zoning laws in your area. These may significantly limit your options in terms of what is allowed to be built in your own yard. The zones set by the local authorities may prevent you from adding a shop to your garage and limit you only to using it to store your vehicle.

Zoning laws also take into consideration the age and the style of your home. For instance, if you have an old home with a rustic look and historic significance, you won’t be able to add a modern garage to it, even if it’s on your own property.

Construction process

Building a garage may require quite a lot of construction. This isn’t only costly in terms of funds needed to organize the construction, but also in the time you’ll lose and the mess you’ll have to endure in your yard.

Luckily, there are less complicated options, since garages are suitable for modular construction. You can purchase sheds online and easily assemble them in your yard. This also gives you an option to take the garage apart when and if you need to do so.

Attached garage

You’ll need to decide whether you want the garage attached to your home or not. There are safety- and convenience-related reasons for attaching the garage to the rest of the home, but have in mind that this is also a more complicated and more expensive option.

The biggest issue that arises when you try to attach the garage to your home is keeping the two at the same level. It’s noticeable when one is even a little bit lower than the other since you’ll need to add steps. There are, again, zoning concerns to deal with as well, since your zoning regulations may not allow you to keep the two connected at all.

Size

Deciding on the size of the garage is more difficult than it might seem. You should consider the size of your car and always go quite bigger than that since you want to have the space to move around and to store all the items households usually move to the garage.

Also, if you plan to use the garage to work on your car yourself, you’ll need to consider the tools needed for this type of work, and where you plan to store them safely.

Road access

In the end, you should consider where the garage is set up in your yard and how it’s connected to the road. The garage should be connected to the street directly to make it easy for you to park the car without too much effort.

It’s also useful to add gutters beside this pathway so that you keep the curb dry and accessible at all times. This will also make it easier to maintain the yard during harsh weather.

 

Adding a garage to your yard may improve it significantly and add to the value of your home. However, it’s no small task to construct it and you should plan for it carefully.

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