The Best Made (Garage) Plans
When it comes to choosing a post frame garage builder and creating a building you will not only use for many, many years, but will also be proud of and benefit from how it boosts the value of your home, the importance of proper planning cannot be overstressed. Determining what you want out of your garage and how you envision it sitting on your property is the easy part. Now you must accurately communicate that vision to a team of builders, electricians, plumbers and potential other contractors so that the end product is precisely what you wanted. Following these steps will help to achieve that clarity of communication.
CHECK THE LAW
Depending on where you live, your city, town or municipality may have ordinances requiring specific permits to be filed and approved before any construction begins, even though it may be happening on your private property. Similarly, zoning laws may apply which can strongly affect decisions being made about garage construction. Check with your local county courthouse or municipal building for details.
PICK YOUR SPOT
See our earlier blog about attached vs. detached garages, to determine which type will best suit your needs. Also, consider how large a garage you will need. As a rule of thumb, figure each car needs about 9 – 12 feet of width and 18 – 24 feet of depth to allow space for opening doors or maneuvering around the vehicle. If you are also looking at storage or using part of the garage as a workspace, make sure to take that space into account as well. Consider how your property is laid out, and choose the most viable location for your garage based on these factors.
A PATH TO YOUR (GARAGE) DOOR
Another factor to consider when it comes to choosing the right spot for your garage is how you will get there from the road. An ideal driveway will be a straight stretch that is not on too steep of a grade, especially if you live in parts of the country where snow and ice are part of the winter season. If you have a large property and are building your garage at the far end, your driveway may need to take a more circuitous route. Where that driveway will be, though, should be part of your overall garage layout.
YOUR PRINTS WILL COME
Now you are ready to have professionally made blueprints (nowadays often just referred to as “drawings” or “plans,” and as often on white as blue) drawn up to show the garage as you envision it. It is worth the time and effort to have these blueprints done right. In the course of building your garage, several contractors may be involved. Properly drawn plans will insure that everyone from the main builders to the electricians to the plumbers to the guys paving the driveway understands exactly what they need to do and how their work fits into the larger picture with everyone else’s efforts. Well-drawn plans are also a great reference when you are interviewing potential contractors and gathering bid estimates.
BUILD YOUR TEAM
Putting together the best group of builders, electricians and other contractors for your project should now be a simple task. Armed with your solid set of plans, you can quickly and easily answer any questions a potential contractor may have before bidding on the work. You will want to choose proven, quality builders, so do your homework. Ask for references from friends, and, where possible, take a look at some of their previous work. You’ve worked hard to plan out what you want your garage to look like, so make sure to hire a team who can make those plans happen.
The team of builders at Conestoga are experts at reviewing your plans and building structures to your specifications. If you’re having some difficulty deciding exactly what you want or how to translate your vision into professionally drawn plans, Conestoga can help there, too. Contact us today to learn more and request a quote.