These days, most new homes in the US are built with a garage attached, some people don’t love this look but It can’t be denied that a garage is a very handy thing to have. The obvious use for it is to store your cars and other vehicles, which comes in very handy, especially in the rainy and snowy months. I love parking my car in the garage! I didn’t have one for many years, and when we moved into our home with a detached garage, it was amazing not to scrape frost off the windshield in the morning or have to brush snow off if I wanted to go anywhere. My garage, though, it detached. Many homes that are older or newer mobile homes have detached garages. My house is pretty old, and it was built in 1929! If you live in a place with a detached garage or no garage at all, you have wondered if there is a way to build a garage onto your home. Besides, not only is it functional, but it also adds significant resale value to your home should you ever choose to sell.
The first step in adding a garage to your house is to contact a few local contractors. These people will come to your property and give you an estimate to see how much it would cost to do this work, and even if they can do it at all. Check your areas Master Builder Organization for good recommendations on companies to do this.
Many people will also ask their friends and family or fellow community members using social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, or Next Door. I usually recommend getting at least three estimates from different people to ensure that you have the best option available.
Once you have your estimates from people, you can begin to dream up a design and choose who you will go through! This is where we come in. You’ll need at least some blueprints from your contractor to come in and get a good idea of the design and price from us. We always need a finished measurement size to tell you how much a garage door will cost you, and what options will fit best (literally). We can give you a rough estimate with blueprints, but they are more often than not very close to the finished price. A good tip is to have your contractor go as a middle man between us. They can get you all the info, and you can even come in for a meeting with us to discuss design. But if you go through a contractor we work with frequently, they sometimes have special discounts available because of the volume they purchase that we cannot give other clients.
Once your design is finalized and your garage door picked, the contractor begins work on your beautiful and functional new garage! There are endless possibilities to how you can use your garage, besides just parking in it. Check out more of our blog posts on creative ways to utilize this valuable space in your home.