Many homes are made with a lot of yard space and a car porch but not necessarily a car garage. If you develop the need for a garage, whether it is to safeguard vehicles, store a second icebox or to have an extra storage and work area, a garage is a great addition to any home. Continue on with this guide to read step by step, the instructions you will need to construct a garage.
Required tools/ materials
Building material (cement, shovels)
Lumber/Plywood (2 x 4 is the most common choice)
Carpentry tools (drill with numerous attachments, nails, screws, screwdrivers (flathead and phillips) hammer, saw, wood glue, level, sander/sandpaper)
Windows and doors
Shelves, cabinets, racks, etc.
Electrical wiring, lights, etc.
Plumbing equipment, if needed
Safety equipment (gloves, goggles, etc.)
Painting tools (brushes, rollers,)
Step one: Check local building laws and design the garage by answering the following:
1) How big do you want the garage to be? One car, two cars or more if space permits etc.
2) How many doors and windows and what types of each will you want?
3) What type of roofing interests you?
4) What parts of the construction will you be subcontracting?
1) File for and get the necessary permits.
2) Get quotes from subcontractors and suppliers.
3) Order materials and begin the job.
How to make the garage:
Measure your lot and make site plans. Be sure that you don t design construction past the limits of your land.
If your garage will be attached to your home, and depending on the state you live in, a significant amount of digging will be necessary to pour the base for the garage. Subcontract out this task by obtaining quotes from various companies and taking the one that best suits your needs and budget and enter into a contract agreement with with the company.
Step three: Bill of goods (Tools and materials)
Get a bill of the materials (BOM). This is essentially the purchase order of all the materials and other items that will be required to build the garage. The number of materials and the cost will increase depending on how many extra features your garage will call for. For example, heating, central air, insulation will all increase the scope of you bill of materials.
Some hardware shops will have help centers that can approximate all the items and tools you will need for any specific make. Just take the measurements into the store and you will be able to leave with an figure or order the items and have them delivered to your building site.Try to get your goods delivered after your foundation has been poured and cured.
Step three: Make the frame
Framing will be based on the plans you made early and will call for the layout of the windows and doors that you decided on. The frame will be made from sturdy 2×4 lumber that is cut and hammered into place and will sustain the walls and roof.
Step four: Add the walls and Windows
Once your frame is built, start on the walls and windows. Begin with the wall that has the most openings and leave the garage door for last.The wall materials (both inner and outer) will be assembled on the ground and then raised and nailed into place.
The roof and doors:Pre- make roofing materials make working on the roof of your garage simple. Merely assemble the pieces as directed to the roofing part of your frame using a ladder, nails and a hammer.Put In the door (electric or sliding doors are best) and your garage will be ready to use.
Tips and warnings:
1) Be sure you talk to you neighbors before doing construction especially it will bother them. Tree cutting, dust, noise etc. over the weeks of construction might cause them to try to get your progress stopped with the home owners associations or even reporting you for false violations.
2) When in doubt: call and inspector Review of work has to be done fairly often on a building site. The most important ones are after excavation, when the foundation is poured and once the frame is erected. It is easier to check often with an inspector than be asked to remove a completed garage later on.