What to Consider when Planning a Garage Addition

Sep 6, 2016 | Other News

What to Consider when Planning a Garage Addition

Planning a garage addition?  Adding a garage to your home can be an advantage in many ways by adding property value, space and appeal.  When planning a garage addition here are a few things to keep in mind.

Determine Your Needs

Room: One of the first things to consider when planning a garage addition is the space needed to build out from your home.  You will also need to consider the space needed to access your new garage addition including things like walkways or driveways.  After you’ve determined that you have enough space for both of these you should evaluate how your garage will be used.  Questions such as, What kind of space configuration do you need? (number of cars, type of garage layout, etc.) Will your new garage be used for anything else in addition to providing storage for your vehicles?  (Additional storage,lofted living space, etc.)

Zoning and code restrictions

You should also look at the land-use codes and zoning restrictions for the area you live in to get an idea of how much you can build out and whether or not there are restrictions in place for things such as attached or detached options.

Attached or Detached?

Other options exist such as covered breezeways between your home and new garage addition.  Again, it’s important to look at the building codes and restrictions in your area to figure out what options are available to you.


Getting a good idea on the types of costs of a garage home addition will help the planning and budgeting process run more smoothly.

Some typical items that can be addressed in your garage estimate are:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Demolition, Excavation & Foundation Work
  • Framing
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Electrical Work

Other factors may apply to these costs but these are the most common expenses associated with building a garage addition.

Matching and Complimenting

When considering building a garage, you must also take into account how the garage is going to match or compliment your current home’s design elements.  You don’t want your new addition to look out-of-place or as if it is a separate home altogether.

Hopefully these tips help give you a better idea on what to expect and prepare for when planning a garage addition.  To find out more information about garage additions in the High Country of North Carolina, contact VPC Builders at 828-295-0707 or to find a professional in your area, visit the National Association of Home Builders at nahb.org.

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