Remodeling can be stressful, but when you decide to add a whole section to your home such as a garage, the stress can be almost overwhelming. Although you can imagine all the extra room your new garage can create, and all the advantages it may provide, there are two things you may want to consider before jumping into building the garage addition.

Check for Legal Restrictions

States, counties, and cities all have building codes that lay out construction restrictions and zoning requirements such as how close one building can be next to another. When you hire a contractor to build your garage, one of the first things he or she may do is check space restrictions, local government codes, and where your property lines are. The building restrictions can be very specific, so having an experienced contractor can help prevent mistakes that DYI construction can sometimes include, such as forgetting to get planning permission or obtaining the necessary permits. Your construction expert can also make sure to check for size limitations or stipulations for an attached and detached garage addition in your area.

Begin Project Planning

Once you have found a contractor and he or she has established the local laws allow you to build a garage on your property, project planning can begin. Size, design, and proximity to your home are only part of the questions your contractor may have for you. He or she may also want to know if the building will include windows, have an extra door, or how well insulated you want the building. Knowing if water needs to go to the area, and how many outlets you want on which wall may also be something consider.

Building a garage addition can add space to your home and working with an experienced contractor can help you make sure the building meets all the legal restrictions of your building code. Once the construction is completed, it can become a great home addition.

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