A garage is a great place for storing your car, bikes, and lawn equipment. However, before you start building one that will either be a glorified shed or a heated extension to your house, be sure to research the different cost factors that affect what kind of structure will best suit both your budget and needs.
How Much Will It Cost to Build a Garage?
Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their home renovations. A new garage is one of these things that can make the most difference in your house’s worth and curb appeal but also boosts its marketability at a higher price point if you plan to sell it later. The average cost ranges from $20,000-$30,000 with an estimated pricing per square foot (PSF) ranging anywhere between $35-$65 PSF. This, of course, will depend on what type of materials will be used as well as other factors such as how big or small you want the garage space.
Remodeling Magazine‘s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report tells us that a midrange garage addition costs about $50,000 to $60,000 and will usually include a detached, 26′ x 26′ two-car unit with asphalt shingle roofing, 5 double-hung windows, door w/ automatic opener, and more. At the same time an upscale one with luxury amenities such as drywall and flooring, along with built-in storage and work surfaces, door and window trim will cost around $80, 000 – $90,000.
Many people are opting for do-it-yourself garage additions. It is significantly cheaper than contracting out the entire project and can be done with basic DIY materials at a low cost of $15-$25 per sq foot. Using prefabricated kits can cost as much as $3,000 to $15,000 or more. Keep in mind that you will still have to pour a concrete slab when using these kits. A building permit typically ranges from $200-$400 depending on where you live while one-time design consultations with an architect might range between $250 -$500 but it’s worth it to have all your questions answered before beginning the construction.
Garage Addition Considerations
Planning your garage can be a tricky process as there are so many different things to consider. The first question you need to ask yourself is: What will the garage primarily serve? If vehicle storage is on top of your priority list, it’s probably best if you have a one or two-car garage without windows, having built-in storage space, and automatic door openers. But for those who plan on using their garages for more than just parking cars – like having work area or attic spaces, or even an apartment that will require finished walls trimmed with doors, trim lighting fixtures, etc., then a mixed-use might suit them better, which would entail totally different prices and would require a different spending plan.
Attached vs. Detached: If all other things to consider are equal in terms of price, an attached garage is cheaper to construct than a detached garage because it utilizes one of the existing house walls in order to cut down on labor and material costs. But if you want more design flexibility or need space for your workshop, living area, music studio, or storage needs then consider constructing a detached garage instead which can be built from scratch with full creative control.
Dimensions: To make the most of your garage space, measure out what you need and plan accordingly. 12′ x 20′ is a good size for a single car or two small cars while three to four can fit in 32 ‘x 24’. If living space is needed as well, then this should also be planned right from the start, because the basic dimensions will hardly leave any extra space.
Materials: The materials used in the construction of a garage will have an impact on its cost. There are many different kinds of materials that can be utilized to construct this building such as nails, concrete, and lumber. There are also other amenities you may want in your design, including windows or doors which could make costs go up even more. High-quality materials are likely going to increase the price exponentially, so think carefully about what kind of needs will have to be met before starting any project.
Permits and plans: You’ll need a building permit before you can start on the project. You might also want to consider consulting with an architectural company if your unsure about what design will work best for this new structure. Garage plans are available online through multiple outlets but be careful when buying them because there’s nothing worse than getting halfway into the construction process and realizing they’re not going to work out as expected