Years ago we bought a house that we loved, but the only drawback was that it didn't have a garage. I've always had a garage, not only as a shelter for the car, but also as workshop, a storage space, a place for keeping a deep freezer, not to mention all those big gardening tools that wouldn't fit in the outdoor shed. But we bought the house knowing that there was ample space for a garage, so I'd already got my garage building plans sorted out before we even moved in.
Although the cost of cost of building a garage can vary greatly, getting garage building plans is usually no problem at all. However, before you undertake such a massive construction project, you should do what you can to make sure that you are really are up to it. You can find garage building plans on the Internet, in the library, as well as for sale by a number of private firms, so obtaining them is easy, but keep in mind, building a garage is not like building a shack. It is a serious construction project, every bit as big a deal as adding any other room to your house, and requiring durable building that will protect your cars from the elements all year long, so be prepared if you're going to go down the do it yourself garage route.
A lot of folks think that they can just download building plans for a garage, and learn as they go along, but trust me – it does not work that way. If you are intent on doing a first project, maybe you should start by finding out how to build a shack, and move up to garage. Alternately, there are prefabricated garages available at very reasonable prices that require far less work than building your own.
Garage building kits are becoming more and more popular as home owners attempt to take on as many home improvement projects as they are possibly able to. In fact, such is the popularity of DIY these days most homes have at least one book on the subject. My father, at the ripe old age of 72, built a beautiful new garage for his bungalow which had swish automatic roll up garage doors courtesy of a quality chamberlain garage door opener. Being a bit useless around the house for most of his life, according to my mother, he really did a smashing job with his garage building plans.
If you do decide you want to work from your own garage building plan, then there are certain things that you must consider. Generally, unless you have experience with drafting plans, it is much better to use someone else's plans than to just make your own. Once you order a set of garage building plans, you will have a fair amount of freedom to modify them and make them fit your needs, however, you should not be too hasty to customize. You should check out your intended site and see what changes, if any, need to be made to your garage building plans before taking a marker to them wily-nilly.
Cosmetic changes, such as different panels or different colors, or even different doors and windows, can be made relatively easily by anyone with a bit of experience. Changes in layout and dimensions to garage building plans are much trickier. Hardest of all, and not recommended to anyone but an expert, are changes in the materials and the underlying support structure of the garage. If you make these kinds of in-depth changes to your garage plans without proper know-how, you can actually put yourself in real physical danger. This is especially true if you live in a place with harsh weather, earthquakes, or other unpredictable natural phenomena, so please don't take the job of building your own garage too lightly.
Finally, if you decide to have a roll up garage door, and you've never fitted one of these before, it might be the part of the project that you request a little professional help on. If the alignment is not spot-on accurate, you could face all kinds of frustrating problems. Anyway, that's about it for this short piece. I hope it's given you a little inspiration to take a look at garage building plans and get your own pride-and-joy project on the way.