Building a new garage can be an overwhelming experience. There are many important factors to consider, including usage, style, features, building permits, and more. To help make this experience a smooth one, check out these tips from the professionals at Cormack Construction.
Determine how you'll use it.
Will your new garage be used to simply shelter your vehicles, or do you have other plans for it? Perhaps you’ll store bicycles and outdoor equipment like riding lawn mowers and snow blowers. Or maybe you’d like to include enough space for a workshop or potting bench. How you’re going to use your garage will determine its footprint, and impact decisions around lighting, outlets, plumbing, windows, etc.
BEFORE: The homeowners had two garages, which not only failed to meet their storage needs, but were visually awkward.
AFTER: The Cormack team designed and built a unique garage that complemented the client's home. The smaller door is used to access the part of the garage that stores a golf cart and yard machines. Per the client's request, we built the garage around a well-established tree.
Hire an architect.
Once you’ve determined how you’ll use your new garage, speak with an architect. An experienced architect will help you come up with a design that fits within your price range, meets your functional needs, and complements and enhances the visual appearance of your home. “For this reason, we offer architectural services in house,” explains Kevin Arnold, project manager at Cormack Construction.
Select an experienced contractor.
When building a new garage, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor like Cormack Construction. “An experienced contractor understands building codes and permits, knows how to maximize space, works within budget and time allowances, and has an outstanding reputation for building highly-functional, well-constructed, and attractive garage additions,” Arnold explains.
Comply with any restrictions.
Certain neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations have restrictions on home renovations and additions—frequently around color, building materials, and architectural style. Be sure to check if any such restrictions exist, and share them with your architect and contractor.
New Garage Construction in NH’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Western ME
Thinking about building a new garage? Contact our experienced team. With Cormack Construction, you get much more than skilled craftsmen and builders. We’re a dedicated and relational team who will work with you and build your garage with care, as if it were our very own.