Planning for a Home Garage

Garages create a whole new life to a home, no matter what purpose they serve. The market value of a usual three-bedroom house can change significantly if suitable garaging is added or removed.

If your house doesn't have the right garaging, or if you're thinking of building one, where or how should you begin?

First off, you should figure out what style you want when it comes to garage in a box. Maybe you can check out magazines, both online and offline or your neighbor's garage. Be clear on what you want and ask yourself a few questions.

Is its loft large enough to be converted? Do you want it to do many other things or just purely to house your car?

Make sure your proposed garage is large enough for the new generation of family cars. Avoid flat or shallow pitched roofs when you can so you don't need to replace them, just in case you're thinking of converting later on.

Needless to say, you have to plan the design of your garage very carefully, if only so you have the option to convert it later and maximize your use of space. Added information about this are disclosed in the site at

In this plan, you must lay down the foundation that will pave the way for a future conversion. Remember to tank the floor and provide allowances for power, drainage, and water supply.

It's logical to attach the garage to your house so as to make a potential conversion easier, and you might add a side door and window as well for added value.

You have to consider yet another issue - insulation. Keep your insulated along the same standards as the rest of your house to make sure that heat is effectively kept inside.

For great savings, the walls should be insulated right at the building stage if your plan is to convert the garage into living space.

If you're thinking which garage door to get, the most popular option out there is the up-and-over one piece, which is cheap and comes with an overlap shelter made for unloading of your car's trunk.

Another option you have is a vertically lifting door which is made with a series of hinged panels that let the door curve as you pull it up, enabling cars to be parked in front of the door, creating more space in the drive.

Of all the garage door types, steel is still the most durable and is made with a plastic finish or primed for painting. Another good option is timber, but it needs to be treated with a microporous strain every three years. If you're looking for a wood effect, a good low maintenance option is glass-reinforced polyester. Whichever you decide to get, make it come with a dependable locking system for security.

Finally, you can also design your portable garages and shelters as a multi-purpose space. And just in case you do decide to sell your home in the future, this will be a very strong selling point.