Building Codes and Permits
So that you will not be wasting precious time and resources, check with the local zoning and permit offices to make sure that you plan and build your garage according to the requirements in your area. If you live in an HOA area, check with the home owners association as well so that you would also meet their regulations.
Garage Function and Design
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to think about the design and functionality of the garage you are going to build. You’ll want to determine how many cars you want it to hold, how many storage shelves you’ll need, whether or not you will create a laundry area or office in this space, if your workshop will be in the garage, and where to place lighting and electrical outlets.
Another critical element of your plans is whether your garage will have brick veneer or have vinyl siding, and the finishes you prefer. If your garage is stand alone, will it be a reflection of your house, and what type of garage door are you going to use.
Get Plans for Your Garage
At this point you are ready to find some great plans for your garage. All good garage plans include a materials list which many builders use to determine the budget for the project. These plans are the same as any contractor would use, if they were completing the project for you.
Now, it is true that building a garage from scratch can be very overwhelming. If you find that you are not up to the task, there is no disgrace in calling in an expert. The disgrace would be not asking for help when you need it and then going ahead with the project.