With the expansion of any part of your home, there are many factors that go into the planning and process of the work you’ll be doing. Your garage is no exception.
Whether you’re looking to build an addition on top of your garage or you want to make room for another car, here are five things to consider when expanding your garage.
1. Don’t go space crazy
Having extra space in your garage is an asset that most car enthusiasts desire. You can increase the capacity to house more than one car; you can add a workstation, a laundry area, or even a small room for your pets.
You don’t want to expand too much that you take away from valuable yard space. Before you begin your renovations, figure out how much space you want for your expansion and how much space you actually have. If you find yourself taking up too much of your yard in order to compensate your renovations, you should consider building up and installing a car lift in order to save space.
2. Think about plumbing and electrical
If adding laundry equipment or a workstation is part of your garage expansion, don’t forget about plumbing and electrical. You may need to add extra pipes or change your garage’s existing wiring system.
Washing machines use water and dryers use electricity, and the same goes for any tools you may use in your new workstation. Figure out if your garage can handle the extra electrical or plumbing work you’ll be needing as part of your expansion.
3. Consider functionality
Whether you’re expanding your garage to fit another car or to add more storage space, think about the functional aspects. Will you need more cabinets? Will you need a workbench? Are you planning on parking multiple cars at once?
Think about the functionality of each scenario. If you park two cars next to each other, you will need to have enough space between them to allow people to get in and out of the cars. If you’re working in your garage, you will probably need a workbench and table that can fold up when it’s not in use.
This success of this step is best done with the help of a garage design expert. Let them know what you’re looking to do in your space and have them give you a list of suggestions so you know what you’ll need to compensate.
4. Do the neighbourly thing
Renovations are never a quiet affair. Your garage expansion will get loud, so notify your neighbours in advance, especially if they have small children or pets who may be effected by the noise.
5. Hire a professional
Unless you work in the field of garage expansion, you likely don’t have all the necessary know-how to successfully complete a full garage expansion. You could get seriously injured or worse, really mess up your expansion and have to start over. Enlist the help of someone who knows what they’re doing. Better safe than sorry!