A garage addition is a large investment. It will increase the value of your home, make it more energy-efficient, provide you with additional storage space, and create an excellent work area for hobbies or projects. Before embarking on this project, it’s important to evaluate your house. Garage additions are a great way to add more living space to your home. The garage addition process can be fairly complicated, but it is well worth the time and effort. In this blog post, we will discuss how you can evaluate your house for a garage addition.
Zoning and Code Restrictions
Let’s first discuss zoning regulations and code restrictions. It is important to check with your local municipality to determine how big of a structure you are allowed to build, what setbacks must be followed (distance from the property line), and many other rules that may affect the project. These regulations vary by location, so you need to follow up on them before embarking on this project. In most cases, zoning permits will need to be obtained for construction to begin.
Zoning Regulations Checklist:
– Zoning Certificate
– Building Permit Application
– Home Occupation Permit Application
– Electrical Plan Review – HVAC Plan Review
Attached or Freestanding?
In addition to zoning restrictions, you may be restricted to whether your garage can be attached or freestanding. In most cases, a detached structure is preferable to an attached one because it will increase the value of your property and provide more living space. However, building permits won’t likely be required if there are separate structures for the house and carport/garage.
Size Requirements the Garage
The next step is to determine where your garage will be located on your property. To make this process easier, sketch your house and the location (including frontage) that it currently occupies, as well as areas around it. Be sure to include measurements such as widths, lengths, and setbacks from other structures or walkways. It would help to consider how far away the closest building is in relation to safety hazards like exhaust fumes and noise levels. This may seem overwhelming at first but breaking down each area into smaller sections makes this part much more manageable.
Access and Traffic Flow
It’s important to make sure that you can get a large truck in and out of the area safely, especially when it comes time for delivery or removing materials from your home after construction has been completed. You should also take extra care when drawing plans for vehicles entering/exiting the garage because this will determine their route (where other structures like sidewalks are placed). When building an addition onto your house, be sure to use high-quality materials such as concrete blocks instead of bricks due to their resistance against moisture. This will prolong the lifespan of your structure while helping it last longer through both hot summers and cold winters.
Relationship to the House
In addition to where the kylesgarage will be located, you should also consider how it will relate to your house. In other words, what materials are being used, and does this project follow through with the style of your home? For instance, if you have a Victorian-style mansion, cedar siding is likely not to match its design and therefore be inappropriate for use on an exterior structure such as a porch or gazebo.