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Just imagine taking a tired and worn down garage and turning it into a place that you can enjoy. Just remember before you start anything with your garage, whether updating or completely remodeling, that you check with your local City Hall to obtain any permits required. Additionally, to create a remarkable garage, you do not have to spend a fortune. By using a good laid out plan, some lumber and good old-fashioned hard work, you can do amazing things. The only exception is that if you plan to do something more custom to match your house, then you might put in a little more effort and money.

As you start planning the transformation of your garage, remember the following:
  • Utilities � make sure you are aware of any underground or existing pipes or wires before you start digging

  • What is the purpose of the garage � are you looking for mother-in-law quarters, a new place to park the car, or a workshop where you can work on your favorite hobby

  • Will you need any updating on plumbing, heating, or electrical? If so, are you required to do the job or will you need to hire someone.

  • Consider the plan for the location of the window and door

  • How much of the garage will be finished space?
You can design your own plans if you have that skill, purchase them from a professional architect, or you can find many different websites on the Internet that sell plans for a reasonable price. For example, if you were going to build a two-car garage that is detached and has a built-in attic space, you will obviously need a specific design plan.

You can find plans that feature frost footings, which are great if you live in a region where frost is a problem. With this feature, the footings will go into the ground deep enough so the frost does not cause any disruption in the support. You will also find plans for slab height, retaining walls, and more.

Taking the plan of choice, you will lay everything out and make a list of all the required materials. However, before you start building, you need to take your plan to your local building authority to ask for a building permit. Remember that just as with building a house, when you request a building permit for a garage, you will have to undergo several types of inspections such as framing, wiring, footings, and of course, the final completion.

You can then purchase your materials and get started on the footings and framing. However, before you move on to the next part of the plan, you want to have those inspected to ensure there are no changes. By doing it this way, you save yourself tremendous trouble and money. After all, what would happen if you proceeded with the entire garage only to have it inspected after the fact to discover major changes?
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