When building a detached garage for your home there are a few simple guidelines you need to follow. The first is to have a solid plan. That is the most important part of any garage construction project. Start by having an idea of what your goals for building a detached garage are. Is your garage going to be for personal use? Are you just going to use it for storage, or are you going to be doing actual mechanical work? Are you building a garage apartment? Once you have these questions answered you can truly dive into what it is going to take in building a detached garage.
Planning Your Garage
The first thing you need to figure out is how much space you want for your garage. Is it going to be big enough for three or more cars, or do you just need it for one? Will you be needing addition storage space on top of the room for the cars? How tall and how much storage do you want in the upper section? These important questions will dictate the majority of your construction project. Take each one in turn and think about it then decide what direction you want to take your project in.
After you have a rough idea of what the size of your garage will be you can begin planning the inside. The first place to start here is with the garage door. This important piece must fit the opening nearly exactly if you expect to do anything in the winter or have a structure that is at all secure.
Be sure to plan for enough room for the door. This will include both sides, directly above the door and on the ceiling as the door is pulled in. Depending on what rails you get and what automatic door system you put in, you will need different amounts of space for all of these sections. You should have enough of a basic layout that building a detached garage is only a couple short steps aways.
The door is by far the trickiest part to design for. Once you have that in place you can start planning out the different pieces inside your garage. You will need ample room for all of your things, so plan accordingly so that you are not left with a storage shortage. There are many different kinds of storage to choose from starting with simple wood cabinets all the way to complex metal workbenches capable of holding your tools and doing all your work.
Again it is up to you how much you are going to need. Hopefully this article has given you some ideas into what building a detached garage requires.