Need some tinkering space, a fortress of solitude, or a place to house your pool table? A new and roomy garage could be just what you need. It’s a challenge to build your own garage, but it’s worth it. You can design exactly what you want from the beginning, which is especially useful if one day you might want to change the garage into a study or playroom. Doing the work yourself will save you the costs of paying builders and you’ll be able to source the best value materials, with no middle-man.
Planning is key. This is a big job and you don’t want it taking over your life and dragging on for ages (not unless you LIKE sleeping on guest beds!). Not only is it important to keep your other half on-side, you also don’t want to annoy the neighbours with your never-ending construction project.
Bear that in mind, and you will spare yourself a lot of heartache when building a garage. You will need to plan the layout of the new garage within your space, what it’s going to look like, the materials needed, the subcontractors, the permits and inspections, the zero-cost (beer compensated) workers, plan the weather… well you get the gist. If planning is not your thing, and you still want to build a garage, then maybe you should get in touch with www.bensonsforbeds.co.uk about a spare bed, or simply pay a professional to do the planning for you!
Some of the main things to consider are:
1. How big do you want the garage to be?
2. How big CAN the garage be? (check about planning permission, building regs etc)
3. Doors and windows – where and how many?
4. What type of roof?
5. Can you do the entire job yourself or will you subcontract?
6. Communication with the building permit office and your neighbors is helpful and important.
7. Take measurements of your lot and draw up your site plan on your computer. Experiments here are easier than moving foundations later.