A new garage can help protect your vehicles and other machinery from the elements, provide additional space for work or hobbies, and enhance your home’s value and curb appeal. One way to make your new garage as efficient and cost effective as possible is to consider using post-frame construction. Post-frame constructionuses less lumber than more common building methods, and post-frame structures can be built more quickly than their traditional counterparts. As a result, a custom post-frame building can be a relatively simple and less expensive alternative to a traditional garage.
Post-Frame Garage Design
Post-frame construction is endlessly customizable. You could build a simple carport, a two- or three-car garage, or a multi-vehicle storage space with an added workspace or living area. Depending on the space you have available, you could design your new garage to accommodate boats, RVs, and other big machinery. Before you start making plans, though, take the time to clarify how much you’re willing to spend and what you want the new structure to do.
Labor is a significant portion of the cost of any construction project. To ensure a quality outcome, however, avoid choosing a construction professional simply because they quote the lowest price. Be sure you understand everything that is (and is not) included in the quoted price and ask to see a portfolio of their previous work. If friends or family members have post-frame buildings on their properties, they might be able to provide recommendations. Look at online reviews to learn about other customers’ experiences with the builders you consider.
Planning Your Post-Frame Garage
Planning your post-frame garage design begins with clarifying your goals. Consider questions like these:
- What do I want to store in my garage? How much space will this require?
- Will the garage be attached or detached?
- Do I want to include additional living space, an office, or a hobby shop in the design?
- Should the space be climate controlled? For example, do I want the ability to work in the space year round or protect temperature-sensitive items?
- Do I need special storage for hazardous materials like gas, propane, or insecticides?
Location & Permitting
Your chosen construction professional can help you decide where is best to build your new garage depending on your property and the goals you’ve set for the structure. For example, if your garage will need access to water, electric, gas, and/or drainage lines, your contractor can help you determine the most cost-effective way to create this access while meeting your other goals. Your contractor can also help navigate local building codes and permit processes to ensure your garage is built safely and according to regulations.
Your custom garage can have whatever exterior and interior look you desire. You can mimic the style and design elements of your home to create consistency throughout your property or choose a different look to set your new post-frame garage apart. Consider doors and windows based on both aesthetics and for energy efficiency. Choosing the best windows and doors for your post-frame garage will make it easier to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
There is a lot to consider when building a new post-frame garage. The trusted professionals at Pro-Line are here to answer any questions you have to ensure your new garage suits your needs! Subscribe to our blog today to learn more about the post-frame construction process and how to utilize it on your property.