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2 Critical Things You Must Know Before Building a Custom Garage
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2 Critical Things You Must Know Before Building a Custom Garage

Thinking about adding a custom garage to your property? Or maybe you’d like to update your existing garage? Great! But before you get the planning process started, there are several important things you need to know, including permitting requirements, potential neighborhood restrictions, and size requirements, among others. To help you better prepare for your upcoming garage build, the experts at Sussel Garages have outlined a few of those important considerations below.

Zoning and Permitting

In Minnesota, the Department of Planning and Economic Development regulates the requirements for building detached accessory structures, which include custom garages (attached structures must comply with different codes). Because an accessory structure cannot be the “predominant element on site” it’s important to understand what size footprint your new custom garage may have. This includes several considerations, including:

●        Proximity to habitable spaces

●        Distance from adjacent dwellings

●        Allowable distance from your lot line

●        Allowable height

●        Allowable exterior materials (typically depends on the size of the garage)

If you’re not deeply familiar with local building code, zoning laws, and permitting requirements, it’s always best to consult with a professional. Unless you ensure you meet specific requirements, you may not be able to get a garage permitted on your property, and that’s exactly what the pros — like our team at Sussel Garages — are for.

At Sussel Garages, we don’t just build the visible structure of your garage; we take you through the entire process from start to finish. We help you design a custom garage plan suited to your unique specifications, apply for the building permit, perform the excavation, build the foundation, construct the garage itself, and perform the final inspection.

After over 100 years in the industry, our expertise in garage building is truly unmatched, and you can trust us to deliver an unmatched experience, too.

Neighborhood or HOA Restrictions

If you have a Homeowners Association, it’s critical that you check in with the board before planning a custom garage build. The same idea applies to homeowners who live in deed-restricted neighborhoods. You’ll need to determine whether there are any restrictions or stipulations surrounding adding an attached or detached structure to your property, and what (if any) types of materials are required.

As you surely know, if you fail to comply with the rules set forth by the HOA or your covenant, there’s a solid chance you could be issued an injunction ordering you to halt construction. To ensure you have all your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed, get in touch with your HOA or review your neighborhood covenant before you begin planning a custom garage on your property.

Ready to Start Planning Your Custom Garage? Trust Sussel Builders With Your Project

If you’re considering adding a custom detached or attached garage to your property, get in touch with our expert garage builders at Sussel Garages! Since 1915, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities homeowners and to date, we have over 50,000 satisfied clients. We understand the intricacies of garage building inside and out, so when you need a team with unmatched experience and a 100+ year commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, make us your first call!

To learn more about our custom garage planning process, discuss your project, or request a free estimate, feel free to call our office at 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis) or 651-645-0331 (St. Paul). You can also send us a message with any questions, and a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly.

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