In some cases, a homeowner will build a garage to accommodate the cars of all household members, including several children in high school. This sounds like a great idea at the time, but after those children graduate and go on to college, the homeowner is left with a five car garage and only two vehicles.
While garages and carports are relatively simple structures, planning and building them isn't without some potential errors. The results of these mistakes range from mildly annoying to downright dangerous. In this article, we'll cover the most common mistakes made while planning and constructing garages and carports, as well as give you some tips on how to avoid these errors.
Building permits are required, in most areas, for the construction of any new structure. Local building codes are the rules which determine how those permits are issued. Don't make the mistake of forgetting to obtain a building permit. Not only will most contractors refuse to work without a permit, but if they do, you could be setting yourself up for some costly headaches down the road. A structure which has been built without the proper building permits can result in heavy fines for the owner, and the city has the option, in many cases, of requiring that you either tear the structure down or make big changes in order to meet code. In addition, your insurance company may refuse to cover any structure which was built without a permit.
Storage can be extremely useful in and of itself. Installing or purchasing tall cabinets is a great way to store infrequently used items that won't be hurt by extreme temperatures. The space above the rafters is also a great place for storage. A few inexpensive sheets of plywood can turn those exposed beams into the basis for a handy place to store larger, lightweight items when they're not in use. In order to get the most out of your new investment, it only makes sense to use all the space available.