For many homes, especially in Utah, having a garage is a necessity. Protecting vehicles from harsh weather, along with having extra storage space, makes them an integral part of most homes. Yet, a garage doesn’t have to be less than stellar in its appearance. Instead, today’s homeowners put almost as much time into designing their garages as they do their homes.

To make sure your custom garage compliments your home’s style, here are a few pointers:

Garage Entry

When designing a garage, the first order of business is determining the type of entry. Some homes are best suited for a straight-on front entry garage, while others work best with a side entry garage or one that’s known as a courtyard, where the house and garage make an “L” shape. For homes with driveways that wind around the side of the house, side entry garages are seen as the best choice because they tend to keep the garage doors from being a focal point.

Some homeowners choose to build detached garages, allowing them to be bigger and even add an apartment above if they choose.  A licensed contractor can help you decide what type of garage will best fit your lot and meet your needs.

Garage Materials

Today’s garages can be made from virtually any material, so it’s much easier to match the exterior of the garage to that of the house. More people today are choosing to use brick or stone to build their garages, since more and more homes themselves are being constructed from brick.

By using similar materials, garage additions can blend in much more easily and be made to look like extra rooms than storage space for vehicles.

Interior Finishes and Features

How a garage looks is not limited to its exterior. Many people today are just as concerned about the finishes and features inside, which can help make the garage versatile as storage, a man cave, or other livable space.  Hardwood floors, tile, stone walls and more are commonly used in garages, enabling their interiors to blend in easily with the rest of the home.

By taking some time and thinking about the construction, your garage will not only compliment your home’s style, but be the envy of the neighborhood as well.

What is the Timeline to Build A Garage?

Before building a garage, it is important to know the timeline or the steps that are taken during the process. This helps to give you an idea of what to expect along the way and limit the number of issues while building.

1. Make a Plan – In order to ensure that the construction of your garage is a success, you will need to carefully plan it out first. You will need to know the size of the garage as well as the location that the garage will be in. You should then plan out all of the details you can think of beforehand. You will then need to determine the amount of lumber and the different tools necessary for building. You will also need to check into your city’s codes and ensure you get the proper building permits.

2. Prepare and Pour the Foundation – Once everything has been planned out, you are ready to prepare for and pour the foundation for your garage. The foundation is one of the most important parts of any building. You need to ensure that the area you are building in is level. If it is not, you will need to add plenty of dirt to ensure you have a level foundation.

3. Framing the Walls – After the foundation has been poured and given the appropriate time to set, you can begin framing the walls. When you are framing the walls, you can either build the walls directly onto the foundation or you can build them laying flat on the ground and then raise them into place once they are built.

4. Framing the Roof – This step is much like framing the walls, so it can be done on the top of the framed walls or built on the ground and lifted into place. Lifting the roof into place will take the necessary equipment. If you do not have this equipment accessible, it would be better to build it directly onto the frame of the walls.

5. Finishing the Garage – All of the walls and roof will need to be sheathed, the roof will need to be shingled, and any windows and doors need to be installed. The exterior walls will need to have siding put on them, along with the soffits and fascia.

Once all of the steps are complete, you will have a garage that is structurally sound and ready for you to put the finishing touches on the inside.