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Garage Design Ideas

Garage Design Ideas

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    When it comes to thinking about garage design plans and decorating ideas, one should figure out the functional use of the room. For the average female, a garage is someplace to put the car to keep it safe from outdoor weather hazards or break-ins, as well as a place to store items that do not fit in the house. To the average male, the garage is much more than that; it’s a workspace where you can escape to build things such as shelves for the house, fix broken items, repair and reconstruct an old car, or build model airplanes and cars. A designed interior with the best garage flooring ideas can be so much more than a place to park the car or store excess items; it can be a man’s dream workshop and place to escape on the weekends and immerse himself in a project to relax. This article discusses garage design ideas and how to build your dream garage that can fit both yours and your wife’s desires. Whether renovating an existing room or building a new one, there are many garage design plans to choose from.

You can have an attached garage which has direct access to your house with a door connecting the two, or you can have a detached garage that is located in the back or side of your home. Regardless of if you are building a new garage for your home or renovating you existing one you will want to first develop plan to help you through the process. There are many websites online that can provide you with a variety of garage design ideas and pictures to help you plan out your desired unit. You can either choose one design that you enjoy, combine multiple ideas into the perfect plan, or simply design your garage by yourself.

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1.Planning                                                         5. Roofing and Cupola

2. Footings & Foundation                                6.Electrical & Storage

3.Framing Walls                                                7.Installing a Garage Door

4.Fascia and Soffits                                         8. Installing a Garage Door Opener

Planning

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Having a detailed garage plan is a prerequisite for anyone building a garage — pro or do-it-yourself — because it’s needed to get a local building permit.

You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to have a plan drawn up. Lumber yards and mail order services sell a range of plans.

However, if you plan to closely match your house or want some custom features, consider hiring a draftsman to tailor your plans. Our garage plan was purchased from a design service Some things to consider when planning:

• Underground/Existing Utilities (always have the area marked before digging)2

• Attached/Detached or future attachment

• to house

• Electrical/Heating/Plumbing

• Window and Door Location

• Finished Storage Space

We decided on a two-car, detached garage with dimensions of 22′ x 22′ with built-in attic storage space.

Our layout incorporated plans to later attach the garage to the existing house, so frost footings (footings deep enough to resist frost upheaval), slab height one step below house floor height, and a retaining wall were planned.

Once the plan is worked out, it needs to be submitted to your local building authority for a building permit. With permits come inspections of footings, framing, wiring, and final completion. So get the footings and framing checked before you proceed to cover them up.

Excavating Issues

Consider the overall slope and drainage of the garage area. Is a retaining wall needed to support a nearby hill? Is extra excavating needed to funnel water away from the foundation?3

Wherever you decide to put the garage, get the area marked for underground utilities. If you have an underground sprinkler system, make sure it’s relocated if necessary. Stake out the area to be graded. Grade the area level and stake and outline the foundation with twine.

NOTE: The final grade should be backfilled to slope up slightly to the foundation once it’s in.

Dig out the footings to the proper depth. Again, this could be 12″ to 48″ depending on your situation. Our footings were pretty deep, requiring survey equipment and a backhoe, so we hired an excavator to do the digging.

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