Building a detached garage has many benefits. Having a protected place to park your vehicles will reduce wear and tear and ensure your car will start during a cold Calgary winter! You can build a garage to use as a workshop and for additional storage. You can also build a secondary suite in a new garage and use it to earn rental income. Photo Credit: Knight Carpentry Inc. Whatever your reason for building a garage might be, you do have some options. You can choose to purchase a pre-fabricated garage package and build the garage yourself or you can hire garage builders in Calgary to do it for you.

DIY Garage Packages

Garage packages usually consist of pre-fabricated trusses, lumber for the walls, a garage door, man door, siding, shingles and gutters. Depending on your needs, you could also get a package that includes insulation, drywall, electrical and other additional features. Garage packages come in a variety of sizes, but are obviously less customizable compared to hiring a garage builder to design one for you. Learn how to build a garage from the ground up. Here are factors to consider when purchasing and building a garage package:
  • Be sure to obtain a building permit and to build according to building codes in your local municipality.
  • The building site has to be prepared and level. In most jurisdictions, a garage pad is required in order to meet code. This will also provide a more secure foundation for your garage.
  • You need to enlist the help of others when building your garage. The walls and corners have to be square and this will be very difficult to achieve if you are doing it by yourself.
  • Ask if your garage package comes with a warranty. In most cases, a 10-year warranty on the product will come with it, but that doesn’t usually include anything that goes wrong due to faulty installation.

Hiring a Garage Builder

Just like most home improvement, hiring a professional to do it for you will always cost a little bit more but could give faster and more professional results. It is a very worthy investment. Garage builders in Calgary are experts in construction and you won’t have to worry about whether or not it is built properly. In most municipalities drawings of your building are required in order to obtain a building permit. A garage builder will help you design a garage that has all of the features that you want, create the drawing and take care of obtaining the building permit. They will organize for the excavation and preparation of the building area and coordinate concrete contractors to pour and finish the garage pad. The biggest advantage to hiring a garage builder is that this major building project can be complete in less than a week’s time, sometimes in just a few days depending on how the concrete cures. Though it might cost you more than purchasing a DIY garage package and building it yourself, you will save yourself time and effort leaving it to the pros. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your new garage was built properly.     Posted by Liv Real Estate on
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