Building a Custom Garage: 3 Common Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make
So you’re getting ready to add a custom garage to your property? How exciting! But before you get the process started, it’s important to know when and where garage-building mistakes usually occur. Understanding these mistakes will help you avoid complications and potential disappointments both during and after your build.
Below, the expert garage builders at Sussel Garages share a few of the most common (and most expensive!) garage-building mistakes.
Not Enough Planning
When you’re building a custom garage, you can’t just fly by the seat of your pants. You need a plan. More importantly, you need a custom garage plan that takes into account every detail of the project so you know what to expect. Neglecting extensive planning is a surefire way to blow your budget; in fact, it’s the primary reason homeowners end up spending more than they want to on their custom garage build.
So how do you create a plan that honors your budget, factors in your design needs, and creates a functional space? You work with an experienced garage builder who has the knowledge and resources to ensure you plan appropriately for a finished product that you’re proud to call your own.
Building With Cheap Materials
For most homeowners, the garage is considered a secondary unit, not an integral component of the house as a whole. And unfortunately, that notion often leads to the use of lower quality building materials to keep project costs as low as possible. From a value, longevity, and utility standpoint, that thought process is, unfortunately, a bit misguided.
The garage, whether it’s attached to the house or not, plays an important role in the overall value and functionality of the home. That’s why using high-quality materials in every step of the construction is so critical. When you opt for low-quality, low-cost materials, you end up with low-quality results. That’s not why you’re investing in a new garage, is it?
Installing a Cheap Garage Door
The service door is the garage’s primary access point, and depending on the quality of that door, it may also be the most vulnerable component of the entire garage. Unfortunately, many homeowners mistakenly believe that skimping on the garage door isn’t a big deal — in reality, it is. A low-quality garage door can present a number of problems after the build is complete, including:
● Inability to handle harsh weather conditions
● Premature deterioration
● Premature garage door opener failure
● Safety issue dues to subpar construction
If you’re not keen on paying for frequent garage door repairs or worse, leaving your garage vulnerable to break-ins, installing a high-quality door is crucial. Opting for a garage door brand that’s known for quality and longevity might put a bigger dent in your wallet initially, but that investment is more than worth it in the long run.
Ready to Build Your Custom Garage?
If your ready to build the custom garage you’ve been daydreaming about, let our team at Sussel Garages help you get the process started! We’ll work with you to build a custom garage plan that meets your every need and from there, we’ll handle every step of the building process to ensure your project is exactly what you’ve envisioned. To get started, request your free estimate or give us a call today at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis).