FAQs About Building a Custom Garage

FAQs About Building a Custom Garage

Are you thinking about building a custom garage on your property? Then you probably have more than a few questions about the process. When it comes to building a new garage, there are various options in terms of functional design, aesthetics, location, customizations, and more — all of which require careful planning.

At Sussel Garages, we have over 100 years of experience in the garage building industry. Below, we’re sharing a few of our frequently asked questions to help you determine whether building a custom garage is something you should consider.

What Kind of Customization Options Will I Have for My New Garage?

When it comes to customizing your garage space, the options are nearly endless!

Just as you can customize multiple features of your home, you can customize just about every aspect of your new garage too.

Customize the Shape of the Structure

If you want to complement your home with a unique garage shape, by all means, go for it! Sussel Garages can bring your design to life – whatever you can imagine.

Determine the Type of Roof

Want a barn roof? We can do that. How about a gable or reverse-gable roof? You got it. Need some extra storage above the garage? We’ll make that happen.

Create Additional Living Spaces

Do you need another room in your house? Perhaps a home office? We can put a fully finished room above your new garage.

If you can envision it, we can help you plan and build it!

Install Your Amenities

You can also determine the level of electrical service you need, the type of garage door you want, whether you want a service door, what kind of heating system you need, the type of roofing you want, your siding materials, and much more.

What Size of Garage Am I Allowed to Build?

When it comes to garage size, that can depend on a variety of factors. First, you’ll need to consider all local building codes and any restrictions surrounding the type of garage you want to build. Local stipulations on detached structures differ from those on attached garages, so keep that in mind.

You’ll also need to factor in any neighborhood covenants or HOA regulations that may affect the size of the garage you’re able to build. Aside from making code and any other stipulations you must conform to, you can create just about any size garage you want!

At Sussel Garages, we’re experts on local city codes and ordinances, and we’re more than happy to advise you on your garage size options. 

When I Build a New Garage, What Happens to the Existing Structure?

If you have a garage already in place, we’ll take care of the removal process entirely. This includes the concrete slab, the structure itself, and the driveway, if necessary.

You don’t want an outdated foundation underneath a brand new building, so we start from scratch. This ensures the structural integrity of the construction and the longevity of the new building.

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Custom Garage on My Property?

Yes, you need a permit to build a new garage. Just as you need a permit to put an addition on your house, you need a permit to put any other structures on your property. That said, obtaining the permit is not your responsibility. When you partner with our team at Sussel, we take care of permit acquisition for you!

What Do I Need to Know When My Garage Is Finished?

Whenever your garage is entirely done, it’s in your control what you do with the space. However, there are universal upkeep tips you should keep in mind while moving forward.


Be sure to keep all of your belongings and tools well organized, especially if you use part of your custom garage as a storage space.


Keep up on routine maintenance, like checking the roofing and siding for cracks or dents, inspecting the windows and garage door mechanisms for any signs of wear, keeping a lookout for any blemishes in the foundation, and cleaning gutters and downspouts to prevent any water damage.


Winter in the Twin Cities comes fast and furious, so it’s always a good idea to winterize your garage ahead of winter’s gait. Installing insulation around doors, windows, electrical outlets, and plumbing pipes will go a long way in keeping your garage warm and safe during the cold months.

Energy Efficiency

Even if your garage only has a few years on it, it’s always a good idea to consistently improve your garage's energy efficiency and the rest of your property. Actions like installing better insulations and selecting energy-efficient windows and doors go a long way in saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.

Have a question that’s not on this list? Check out our other frequently asked questions here!

Looking for Reputable Garage Builders? Contact Sussel Garages

If you’re ready to start planning your custom garage, our team at Sussel Garages is ready to help you do it. For over 100 years, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities homeowners, and we’d love to bring your vision to life!

To request a free estimate or learn more about our services, give us a call at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also contact us online, and we’ll be in touch!

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