Lidget Compton garage

What you need to know before building a garage

  • 19 Jul 2016

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Richard Berry, Marketing Manager at Lidget Compton, outlines five key considerations for builders who are looking to build and construct a garage.

There are a vast range of wall finishes, colour, roof style, door and window options for building and construction professionals to consider before building a garage. If a garage is built correctly, not only will this prove to be very practical, it can add substantial value to a property.

The most common steps involved in planning the construction of a garage are as follows: 

Getting permission

One of the first considerations before even starting the construction planning should be whether or not you’re legally able to do so. Before building a garage you will need planning permission from the local council or authority.

Depending on the size and style of a garage, the cost for it to be built will vary. Additional costs for materials and customisations should be factored in.

Once you have permission you’ll need to know the purpose of the garage. Whether it’s shelter for a car, a workspace or purely storage, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the purpose before constructing.

Garage style

There are a variety of different garage styles available, firstly you should consider if the garage should be attached or detached.

Common questions to ask regarding attached garages are:

  • Do you want a garage that is attached to your home?
  • Will it have side access to your house?

A detached garage is easier to expand if demands change and can keep petrol and oil fumes self-contained as well.

There are a variety of different shaped garages to suit both attached and detached garages such as: Pent, Pent Mansard, Apex, Deluxe, HI Liner and Lean-to.

Security

Whether a garage is attached or detached, you will need to make sure it is safe and secure. A garage is known to be an easy target for thieves and if it is attached, it runs the risk of making it easier for burglars to access properties.

Key things to remember: have locks fitted on all windows and doors and install CCTV cameras for additional peace of mind.

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