What Every Homeowner Should Consider Before Planning a Custom Garage Addition
So you want to add a custom garage to your Minneapolis property? Great! But have you thought about all the details of the structure you’d like to create? At Sussel Garages, we’ve been building custom garages through Minneapolis and the surrounding metro area for over 100 years. And when it comes to building a garage, we know there’s plenty to think about before you even begin creating your garage plan.
Below, we explain some of the most important factors to consider as you plan your new garage addition.
Do You Want an Attached or Detached Garage?
Will an attached or detached garage best serve you and your family’s needs? What type of garage can your lot accommodate? While many homeowners automatically lean toward attached garages, detached structures offer a number of benefits too.
Since a detached garage doesn’t share any walls with your house, it’s an excellent option for homeowners who are looking for a more secluded space for woodworking, auto repair, and other noisy hobbies. An attached structure, on the other hand, is great for those who don’t love walking through the rain and snow to access their garage.
Due to construction differences between the two, pricepoints will also vary based on the type of garage you select. If you’re on the fence, consult with an experienced garage builder who can help you determine the best option for your needs.
Will Your New Garage Affect Your Existing Driveway?
The orientation, size, and shape of your new custom garage may affect the existing layout or usability of your property, including your driveway. Think about where you can reasonably fit a new garage on your lot and whether you’ll need to extend or reduce the size of your driveway to accommodate its placement.
It’s also a good idea to think about whether you’d like to change the design of your driveway to include a new parking area or turnaround. These options will influence your budget, so keep that in mind.
How Many Garage Bays Do You Want?
How many vehicles do you plan to park in your new garage? Do you need space to park an RV or a boat? Do you need additional bays to work on your vehicles or added space to store large tools or recreational equipment? Think about the minimum amount of space you need, and then start thinking about other ways you’d like to use the structure and how much additional space you’ll require.
Which Entry Points Make the Most Sense?
If you’re planning an attached garage, where will you place the entry point into your home? Where would you like the garage door to go? Do you need additional entry points into the garage? Which locations make the most sense for those doors?
Take a look at your house and your lot to determine where the garage entry points will be most functional. And of course, it’s always best to work with an experienced garage builder who can help you develop a garage plan that both meets your needs and adheres to local zoning laws.
Ready to Create Your Custom Garage Plan? Contact Sussel Garages
If you’re in the market for a custom garage plan, look no further than our team at Sussel Garages! With over 100 years of industry experience, we know garage building inside and out. We’re Minnesota’s most trusted garage builders for a reason — check out our reviews to see why! To get started, give us a call at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also request a free estimate or send us a message for more information.