A garage—whether to be used for vehicles, storage, or as a game room—can add much-needed extra space to a crowded home. But adding square footage isn’t as simple as picking up some materials and going to town; there are a number of considerations to make before delving into this project.
Research, Research, Research!
The first thing to do when considering adding a new garage is to research local zoning laws. These laws dictate the location of the garage on the property, its size limit, its required distance from property boundaries, and other special requirements like roofing materials, drainage considerations, height, and more. A reputable builder should be knowledgeable about local New York zoning laws.
Select a Design
There are quite a few choices to make when adding a garage. One, two, or three cars? The size might affect the garage’s location relative to the house. Any additional space for storage or a workshop area? This will affect the size of the garage. Attached to the house or freestanding? A detached unit is ideal in many cases since it keeps noise levels down if the garage serves as a workshop. Plus, homeowners don’t have to worry about construction inside the home during the installation.
Don’t Forget the Driveway
In some cases, the home’s existing driveway may offer sufficient space. Other times, the driveway will need to be updated to allow enough space for vehicles and to adhere to local zoning laws. Single-car garages usually require driveways that are at least 10 feet wide, and wider to account for obstacles like trees or ditches. Two-car garages will need nearly double that amount of space. Some zoning laws also require larger turnaround areas, especially for homes on busy streets.
Find a Builder
A garage is not a DIY project unless you have significant construction experience and are very familiar with local zoning laws and codes, so it’s important to choose a company like Grey’s Woodworks. We were voted Reader’s Choice Best Custom Garage or Shed Builder for 2017 and 2018 by the Times Herald-Record, and we’ve been handcrafting storage sheds and garages since 1979. Give us a call at (845) 985-7006, and we’ll help you create a custom garage that meets your family’s needs.