How to Get a Garage Addition for Less

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An addition can change the look and feel of your home. Garage additions are a great way to expand a home or add a bonus room. You can even build an apartment you can rent out for extra money.

The average American home size has seen a steady rise over the last several decades. The average home size went from 1,660 square feet in 1975 to 2,479 square feet in 2012. Over that same time, the size of the average garage has only increased by about 20% (from 225 to 257 square feet). The result is that many homeowners find themselves short on storage and parking space. If you’re tired of running out of room for your stuff and your car, it may be time to consider adding a garage addition to your home.

If you are considering adding onto your home or building a new home, you may be wondering what the best place to put the addition is. One of the most common considerations is whether to add onto your existing garage or build a new garage. This blog will talk about why you may want to consider adding onto your existing garage, how to determine the right size addition, and some ideas for what you can do with your new addition.

How to get started with deciding to add to your garage

Most homeowners find that the most difficult part of the remodeling process is figuring out where to begin. We’re going to take you through the process we use when we’re remodeling a garage. We’re going to break it down into four easy steps, and at the end of this post you’ll be ready to go out and start your own garage addition project. 

The first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do with your garage. This is the most important part of the entire project. If you don’t know what you want to do with the garage, then the rest of the project will be up to chance and you will likely end up with a garage that doesn’t work for you. It is also possible that you may not even know what you want to do with your garage until you go through the process of remodeling it. That is perfectly fine as well. You might fall in love with a concrete floor and decide you don’t want to build a new garage addition after all.

Basic garage addition options

Garage additions are a great way to add more living space to your house, and because garages are typically separate from the rest of the home there is a lot of flexibility for design. It is important to consider how the addition will be used before deciding on a style, though. An addition can add a lot of value to a home, especially in a neighborhood where a garage is a must-have amenity, but a poorly designed addition can actually hurt a home’s resale value.

The most popular options are creating an apartment out of the space.  Other choices are a home office, bonus room or art studio.

Garage additions costs

Adding a garage to your home isn’t always the most cost-efficient remodeling project, but it’s sometimes the best way to maximize the square footage of your home. It’s also a great way to add value to your home when you plan to sell. When you’re trying to save money, cutting corners on your garage addition can be tempting. One of the best ways to save money is to create a “garage within a garage.” This means that you can build an addition that stores your vehicle(s) and also serves as living space. It’s best to know your square footage needs before you get started, so you can get an idea of how big you need your garage addition to be. The last thing you want to do is get halfway through the project and realize you have no room for your kids to play, or your work area is too cramped to get your job done.

How to find a garage addition contractor

So you want to remodel your garage, but remodeling your garage with an addition is a whole different ball game. You now have to take into consideration the size of your car, the size of your family, and if you have any friends or family that would be willing to park their cars in the garage with yours. If you’re looking for ideas and tips for remodeling your garage with an addition, be sure to consider the space that you have to work with. However, if you have a great contractor, you can have a beautiful addition to your garage. The right contractor will be able to give you the right advice so that you do not have to sacrifice your sanity.

Sites like Home Advisor and Yelp are great places to find a good quality home addition contractor.  Just be sure to read the online reviews before contacting any of them.

Conclusion: If you are looking to add on to your garage, be smart and do your homework before starting your garage addition project

Before starting your project, do your homework. Before you begin your garage addition project, you need to know how it will impact your home, your budget and your life. You’ll need to start by figuring out how much room you need. Then, you’ll need to think about how you plan to use your new space. Will it be for your car, for your hobbies, for your workshop, for storage or all of the above? Once you’ve decided what you want your addition to be, you’ll need to figure out if you want it to be attached to your home or if you want it to be separate. If you want it to be separate, you’ll also need to figure out what type of addition to build.

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