For many of us, our cars have quite an impact on our lives. Whether we’re going to and from work or just getting around, we end up spending a lot of time in them. That’s why it’s so important to keep such treasured machinery in excellent condition. One way to do this is by building an attached garage.
An attached garage comes with many advantages. It reinvents the way you park your vehicle, keeps you dry as you go to and from your home, and, when your space is at a premium, allows you to build an additional living area. Not to mention a garage is the perfect storage solution for tools, cabinets, yard equipment, or even a deep freezer.
Another great perk of a garage? The value of your house, should you choose to sell it, goes up if you have an attached garage. It’s essential to put thought not just in the design and layout of the garage but also in an equally important aspect: the cost to build one.
What Should I Consider Before Building a New Garage?
One of the first things to consider is how much space you need – are you looking at a single-car garage or room for multiple vehicles? Then, of course, depending on the size of garage you are looking at, you will need to consider the below factors:
- Square footage
- Labor costs
- Contractor charges
- Garage door
- Siding material
- Insulation type
- Windows to let in some natural light
The final figure will also include the materials you choose, which can range from brick to metal. Every decision you make will change your cost accordingly. For instance, choosing a roof with asphalt shingles is more cost-effective than one with clay shingles.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that any chemicals, cleaning agents, oils, or paints you store in your garage can leak and affect the air quality. No HVAC should be present in your attached garage if you are storing chemicals, as the air can get into your home through this system. But if you do have this HVAC system in your garage and cannot move it, make sure that you spend whatever is needed to insulate your garage and keep the ductwork sealed properly. In fact, in some states, the law requires you to install carbon monoxide detectors within your home if you have an attached garage, so account for this in your cost breakup.
So, while figures vary depending on the factors listed above and many others, to give you a ballpark estimate, at the lower end, you could be looking at $75,000. The higher-end could even go up to $100,000.
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Building your garage is a process that requires you to consider your costs and plan accordingly. It’s a long-term investment and also one that is quite complex to pull off. You need to first consider your existing structure and the square feet available. For it to look good and be cost-effective simultaneously, you need the right advice and the expertise of a skilled team. At Owings Brothers, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more details.