Building A Garage - Before Construction Begins:
Customers who buy our garage plans often ask about what they need to do to get started with their garage building project - what is the typical scenario?
2. Determine your requirements for the new garage - such as number of garage
bays, extra work area, ceiling/wall height, dimensions, features and architectural style.
3. Select a garage plan (or plans) suited to your requirements.
meet or exceed the parameters required for your project. Most professional quality garage plans use prescriptive compliance with the IRC building code (the basis code for nearly all states' codes) so they are usable in most locations. Additionally, if your local building dept. requires that plans be certified and stamped (which is rarely required) then you would need to find a local engineer to review and certify (professional registration is state-by-state)
4. Determine approximate cost of the garage construction - obtain materials list for supplier to make preliminary materials package estimate, contact concrete foundation/slab contractor for estimate, check with framer/builder for labor costs. Alternatively:
5. If financing is involved set up the loan for the garage construction
6. Acquire building plans for garage
7. Have construction costs verified with the building plans to negotiate and finalize bids (guaranteed cost for work and/or materials)
8. Apply for building permit - submit garage plans for permit review (if required) -
building permit and administrative fees are usually involved - you will need to
submit either paper or PDF document for the review, whichever the building department requires.
9. Upon building permit approval: finalize/convey funds - might need escrow
10. Upon building permit approval: finalize contracts, begin construction