Garages are an easy way to add value and space to your property, along with security for your car, bike, mobility scooter, etc, but there’s no hiding the fact that it costs money and takes time to build one.
For anyone looking to build a garage on their property, it’s a good idea to check out the different types of garages available and understand the different options that are available to you before building. This lets you know what elements you might need to compromise on or where you can splash out. Either way, it’s always best to know all there is to know about 60m2 garages before you start building, so we’ll give you a rough idea here.
Please keep in mind that actual costs can vary widely depending on the structure you choose and the building site.
The first thing to consider is the size your garage needs to be, which is largely determined by the size of your vehicle and the space you have available. Given the title of this article, it’s likely that you’re looking for a 60m2 garage (roughly 196ft squared in Imperial), so we’ll use that as the basis for our calculations.
There is also the option to add a room above the garage, which could be an extra bedroom or a home office. This will increase the property value even more, but it will mean extra money upfront.
Carports are a lot less expensive to build than garages; often around a third of the price. However, they may not offer the same protection. It’s a dry place to park at night, but there’s no way to lock the space up. And if you’re looking for a place to put tools as well as your car, a carport is not a safe option either.
Brick and mortar garages can cost about £30,000 (including parts and labour) because it’s akin to building a single story extension. However, that’s not the only type of garage available. If you opt for a metal garage in the UK, you can expect to pay around £7,500 for the flatpack, which is easy enough to put up yourself (or with a little help from your friends).
Metal garages are as secure as brick ones and may even be more weatherproof, provided you get anti-corrosion protection. (Don’t worry, this is not something you’ll have to reapply every year. Quality manufacturers should extend a 20-year guarantee on the corrosion protection.)
If you’re choosing where to place the garage, this table might help you decide:
|The structural integrity of your house doesn’t need to be consideredCan use a metal garage||Can be converted into extra living accommodation laterEasier to run electricity and heating toLess land needed|
There’s often a lot of paperwork (and added cost) involved with building a garage from planning permission to building regulations to architect plans. This can be significantly more for bigger garages, as detached buildings and extensions over 30m2 need building regulations.
The information surrounding what needs permission and building regulations is a little confusing, but a contractor should be able to navigate it for you or you can schedule an informal chat with your council’s planning office.
Making home improvements of this size can cost a lot, but they can also give you a lot. Hopefully, this has helped you see which option is best for you and how you can save money on it.
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