Building a garage from scratch is a complex and involved process in which a lot of factors need to be taken into account. As with anything large which is worth doing right first time, the planning stages are likely to take longer than actually building the garage itself. Although you may want to get moving and have it built quickly, it’s always worth spending some time during the planning stages to ensure every angle has been covered. This means that you’re less likely to come up against roadblocks during the process and that you’ll be left with a garage which has been carefully thought out and built in such a way that it does everything you need it to do for the amount you wanted to spend. The length of time it takes to build a garage obviously hinges on a variety of factors, but the general timeframes for each stage can be found below.
Planning Your Garage Build
During the initial planning stages, you’ll need to think about what you want to use your DIY garage for and where it will be situated on your property. Depending on where you want to put it, you may need planning permission, and it’s always handy to get a contractor’s opinion before setting your mind on anything – there are a lot of reasons why you may not be able to have the garage you want in the location you want, perhaps due to environmental factors or practical space issues. These planning stages can take anything from 1 day to over a year, depending on how quickly you want to move on having it built. Simply speaking, this stage will take as long as you want it to – to put it simply, you need to have as clear an idea as possible about what you want and where you want it.
Need Planning Permission?
Planning permission is something that covers garage builds, and unfortunately it’s not a black and white issue. The size and positioning of your garage can mean that you’ll need planning permission in order to build it legally. Additionally, if you live in a listed property or you are lucky enough to reside in a conservation area, an area of natural beauty, or an area of outstanding natural beauty, then there will be certain rules you have to abide by when building something new on your land. Planning permission is not something you can get around – if you need it, then you will have to apply and wait for a decision. This usually takes 8 weeks, but can take up to 13 weeks, depending on how complicated the case is. Always check with your local authority in the first instance, as this can save you a lot of time in the future.
Shopping Around – Finding the Right Contractor
Unless you already know and trust who will be building your garage, it’s best to get quotes and opinions from a number of contractors in your area. This way, you’ll be able to get a fair overview of any issues and opportunities that may arise from your build, as well as getting a good idea of what it will cost you. Don’t just blindly agree to the cheapest price without weighing up all the options – ask around to see who is trusted and check on contractors through online review sites to protect yourself from cowboys and time-wasters. It can take up to a month to find the right person for the job, or even longer if you have many time commitments and cannot meet them to discuss. Keep this in mind in order to get your garage built in good time.
Consider Time of Year & Personal Commitments
One thing which can really set you back when it comes to building a garage is the weather. Choosing to have it done in the winter months could mean delays due to rain, snow or icy roads. Check out when the average driest weeks of the year are in your area and try to arrange to have your garage built then. This way, your build won’t be hampered by environmental factors and you can get on with a prompt build.