For many men and women, the garage isn’t just a place to store items. Instead, it can be used as their private space to get away from the world for a time. For those who like to use their garage as places to build projects, store their favorite activities, or just use it as a place to hang out, building your very own garage can be useful. However, it can be easy to get it wrong, especially for beginners. As such, here are a few tips to consider before you start construction on your new garage.
1. Know What You’re Using It For
First and foremost, you need to know what the primary use of your garage is going to include. If it’s just for storage, then you know you need to make sure that you make it tall enough to possibly use the ceiling as an anchor to hang items. You may not need the same sort of space that you might if you were going to use it for projects or a workspace. With the primary use in mind, you can more accurately plan the size and shape of the garage without wasting materials or not have enough materials for your build.
2. Garage Door/Door Opener
You also need to consider what garage door you intend to use. How does it look? Do you need windows for ventilation and light? The garage door opener goes hand-in-hand with this. What form of garage opener works best for you and your family? You’ll want to make sure you have an excellent quality garage door opener, or else you’ll run the risk of having to pry your door open yourself. While these may be the last details that you’re thinking about, they’re important to both the design and execution of your finished garage.
If you intend to use your garage in the winter, or during the hot summer, then you need proper ventilation. While many open their garage doors during the winter and then turn on their cars to heat the space, this could make it easy for potential robbers to come by and steal items in your garage unless you are constantly in the garage while the door is open. Instead, you may want to close the door, but with the cars relaxing toxic fumes in an enclosed space, it could prove fatal. As such, you need to ensure that you install proper ventilation space, particularly around the zones of the garage you’re going to frequent.
For those who have hobbies that involve a workspace or workbench, that is something to keep in mind when building and designing your garage as well. How big do you want your space and bench to be? Is it close to a window or light, so you can actually see what you’re doing? As mentioned earlier, is it close enough to ventilation ducts to keep you safe? You may also want to consider the workbench itself and what you need to make sure the bench is durable and sturdy. The last thing you want is your bench to fall apart during its first use. Plan the space accordingly, so you can use the rest of your garage practically as well.
Unless you have a keen understanding of electric work, this is probably best left for the hands of professionals. Lighting will be something to consider and how much you need of it. You’ll also want to be sure that you put enough outlets for the tools and devices that you need to power. Also, you have to consider the voltage. If you intend to use big powered items like a welder, then you can expect to need a whole lot of voltage. If your electrical system isn’t pushing out enough, then you aren’t going to be able to use those items. Talk with professionals, so they understand exactly what you need, so they can properly assist you.
6. Heating And Cooling
One last aspect you may want to consider is installing a heating and cooling system. For those who intend to use their garage a lot, then an HVAC unit can make their time in the garage comfortable and less dangerous. Staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter can allow you to work in your garage regardless of the weather outside. Install it correctly to make the most of your garage.