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Things to Consider Before Building a New Garage
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Things to Consider Before Building a New Garage

Are you thinking about adding a new garage to your home? If you’re looking for additional space, either for your vehicles or to conduct your hobbies, a new garage is a smart investment. At Sussel Garages, it’s our goal to help you bring your dream garage to life and to do that, extensive planning is critical. Below, we’ve outlined the most basic initial considerations you should review before beginning your garage planning process.

What are the Zoning Laws in Your Locality?

Making any change to your existing home requires a permit. Before you begin building a garage, you’ll typically need to acquire permission from your locality’s planning commission. Permit applications frequently require zoning approval or garage plan review, so the process can take several weeks to finalize.

However, when you partner with our team at Sussel Garages, our garage builders take care of those details for you. After more than 100 years in the construction industry, our team is well versed in city codes and building permits, which helps us help you more efficiently.  

What Will You Use the Garage For?

Will you use your garage for storage? Maybe for a home gym? What about as a workspace for vehicles or creative projects? Before you can finalize a functional garage plan with your builders, you’ll need to have a concrete idea of how you plan to use the space. Your garage builders can work with you to develop a creative plan that meets your space and functionality needs. 

Will You Park Vehicles In Your Garage?

If you plan to park vehicles inside your garage, how many will you store there? How large are they? Larger vehicles typically require additional overhead space and often require larger entryways, so be sure to discuss your vehicle sizes with your garage builders so they can formulate a functional plan.

As well, if you have children, consider whether you plan to bring additional vehicles into the family as your children age. In many cases, you can add additional square footage onto the garage if it no longer meets your space requirements.

Which Style of Garage Meets Your Needs?

Do you want an attached or detached garage? Do you want a basic, functional structure or an intricately designed masterpiece complete with all the bells and whistles? The style of your garage should first depend on your usage plans for the space, but it should also complement the existing style of your home. Some things to consider include:

●        Do you need extra living space? Including additional space either above or adjacent to the garage increases your home’s square footage, which can help boost the value of your home.

●        Do you own a historic home? You’ll want to match the garage design with the existing architecture of your home for cohesiveness. Colonial garages are a popular choice among homeowners with classic architectural designs.

●        Will your garage function as a shop? A shop garage features additional space outside of that reserved for your vehicles. This style of garage is great for hobbyists or even home-based businesses that require additional workspace.

●        Will you store large vehicles or trailers? An RV garage features additional width and overhead space to accommodate large vehicles, as well as wider door openings to accommodate additional berth.

At Sussel Garages, our garage builders can work with you to formulate a custom garage layout and exterior design that’s not only functional, but that also enhances your home’s curb appeal. The possibilities are virtually endless, so feel free to check out our gallery of work to get your creative juices flowing!

Looking for a Reputable Twin Cities Garage Builder? Contact Sussel Garages Today

At Sussel Garages, we’ve been serving Twin Cities homeowners for over 100 years, and we’d love to make you our next fully satisfied client. Whether you’re in the market for a new garage or need renovations to your existing structure, we’re here to help you bring your vision to life. To learn more about our services or to schedule your free estimate, feel free to give our team a call at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also get in touch with us via our contact form, and we’ll get back to you promptly!


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