How to Build a Wooden Garage

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Arizona Resource Realty BR518926000

Adding a garage to your home increases its worth significantly. Furthermore, properties with garages sell more quickly and easily than those without. Building a garage on your own is a significant undertaking, but it is achievable with the right amount of desire, planning, and understanding.

Like any other garden structure, buying a wooden garage is a big decision because it represents a significant investment. This is why it's critical to conduct a thorough study and gather all relevant information before deciding. Then you'll need a handy wooden garage guide to address any inquiries you may have. In recent years, wooden garages have been no exception to the growing popularity of timber outbuildings among homeowners. Wooden garages are well-known for their adaptability, accessibility, and beauty. It's no surprise that they've become increasingly popular in recent years.

With this in mind, we've put together this wooden garage buying guide to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about building a wooden garage.

Several websites can provide excellent design inspiration, but you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a blueprint. A basic sketch showing length, width, height, roof pitch, soffit size, and other dimensions will suffice for the city or county. However, keep the following in mind during the design phase:

  • If possible, match the house's roof pitch, overhang size, siding, and roofing.
  • Install windows to allow you to observe who is entering and exiting.
  •  Place windows where a cabinet or pegboard would be useful.
  • Place the service door close to the house.
  • If necessary, add a second service entrance in the back.
  • To make room for a larger overhead door, build taller walls.
  • Increase the number of walls to 26 for additional insulation and a higher R-value.
  • Place the building in a way that prevents water runoff.

 

Your garage's foundation, footings, and slab will be determined by your budget, the garage's size, the grade, and the soil conditions. If you have good soil conditions, pouring merely a slab with a thickened perimeter is the cheapest and most acceptable alternative (not spongy). Adding one course of block to a slab raises the garage door framing above the ground level, which may be necessary depending on the grade. Laying many courses of blocks on top of frost footings and then resting the slab's edges on the blocks is the most expensive method. However, this is the most long-lasting and sturdy alternative. This procedure, or a lot of digging and filling, may be required for large garages and locations with deep organic topsoil conditions.

Because of the air spaces within its cellular structure, wood is 15 times better than masonry, 400 times better than steel, and 1,770 times better than aluminum as a natural insulator. If properly cared for, a well-maintained wooden garage can easily last 10 to 15 years. You will be able to enjoy your wooden garage for a lifetime if you use pressure-treated lumber as the primary construction material.

Because of its storage possibilities, the wooden garage is rapidly gaining favor across the United Kingdom. Because of the air spaces within its cellular structure, wood is 15 times better than masonry, 400 times better than steel, and 1,770 times better than aluminum as a natural insulator. If properly cared for, a well-maintained wooden garage can easily last 10 to 15 years. You will be able to enjoy your wooden garage for a lifetime if you use pressure-treated lumber as the primary construction material.

 

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Comments (4)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good information Tamra Lee Ulmer . I'd add a few things like why a home with a garage sells faster: Most buyers can not afford to add one because they purchased as much home as they could afford and a 2nd mortgage may not be available.

2nd: You listed many things that determine the size of the garage BUT the number one thing is City ordinances.

May 17, 2022 02:00 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Thanks for the insights Bob! 

May 18, 2022 01:55 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Tamra Lee Ulmer very good helpful instructions for how to build a wooden garage. 

May 17, 2022 02:34 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Have a wonderful day John! 

May 18, 2022 01:56 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

I agree with the garage addition. So much better than a carport or worse yet slab parking. The flexibility in home storage, security, convenience is key to enjoyment as well as home valuation.

May 17, 2022 03:52 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Indeed, thank you Jeff! Have a good day! 

May 18, 2022 01:58 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

May 31, 2022 03:34 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Thanks for appreciating it Richard! Have a wonderful day as well. 

May 31, 2022 01:02 PM