Your car, truck, van or SUV is an important part of your every day life and you try your best to keep up with it’s daily, weekly, monthly, yearly maintenance. One way to keep your vehicle up to snuff is to protect it by parking it in your garage.
Garages have only become a popular home addition in the last 20 years so those that own an older home probably don’t have a garage. If you’re considering building one, here’s some info so you can make the best choice and an informed decision.
When you think of the word garage, a stick built garage is most likely what comes to mind. These types of garages are built just like a typical home is. There’s a foundation, a frame, walls and a door that leads into the home. These traditional type garages are sturdy, attractive and great for storage space. Unfortunately, there can be an issue with stick built garages and size — not everyone has room to build one and there might not be a great location to add this type of garage to the home. Considering that a stick built garage is an actual home addition that qualifies as a structure of its own, they’re quite expensive but it add value to your home and offer extra space and protection for your vehicles and home.
If you do decide to build a stick built garage, your next decision will be whether or not it should be an attached garage. Attached garages are convenient, as you won’t have to go outside the home to get into your car during winter. A detached garage offers many of the same benefits of an attached one but can be just as costly, local building codes might enforce regulations — these codes might cause you to place the garage away from your home, leading to grading costs and more.
For those that can’t afford to have a stick built garage constructed, a pole barn is a great way to create a large garage and save money at the same time! Many homeowners prefer the look of a stick built garage but those looking to stick to a budget will be more than happy to settle for this type of garage. Pole barns are typically built from metal and have four walls as well as an exterior door to enter and exit. Some pole barns even mimic the look of a home’s structure and design so the style possibilities are endless. If you’re looking for a larger structure that offers protection for your vehicles and a great place for extra storage, considering a pole barn might be the best option for you. With the money you save on forgoing a stick built garage, you can really make a nice pole barn that looks stylish and adds storage in more ways than one!
If you’re looking only for a place to store your vehicle and protect it from the seasonal elements, a carport is perfect. In addition, carports are much more cost efficient than stick built garages and pole barns. Typically, carports don’t have any walls; they’re just a roof on actual poles — integrated properly, carports can be quite attractive and very convenient.