There is a luxury to having a concrete garage. Not only are they a place to secure your car, but they can be used for storage, hobbies and much more. Adding a garage something a lot of people have considered, but when you do decide to take the plunge, you will want to begin by calculating the costs.
Ensure that the size of your garage meets your requirements and needs. This may sound obvious but there are several things that will need to be taken into consideration, such as the size of your vehicle or extra storage space. Make sure when you measure the size of your vehicle you include the wing mirrors, but also think about what space you might need when you open any of the car doors from inside the garage. A wider or longer garage may cost you a little more but it will allow you to have more options.
The construction method you decide on may have an impact on the cost. Let’s take a look at some of the options:
A concrete garage is seen to be sectional in nature. They have a long life span due to their sturdy material that takes a long time to wear down. Production and installation on-site is quick which in itself helps to keep the costs down. Sectional concrete garages are low maintenance and long lasting, and here at LM Concrete Garages, our buildings come with a 15 year guarantee. With a concrete garage, planning permission is not always needed, it usually comes under the permitted development but we do advise that you check prior to starting construction.
Brick Built Garages
This style of garage tends to be the most expensive, but is also most people’s first choice. Constructing and installing this type of garage can be time consuming and cause a lot of mess. For a small garage, prices usually start at around £15,000 which can be beyond the budget for most people. One important consideration is that brick buildings will require planning permission.
A timber garage is able to offer a great insulation property, but they do require a lot of maintenance when compared to other garage buildings. Tanalised timber is a great way to help reduce the maintenance of your garage and increase the life expectancy of the timber, but can add to the costs. You can also choose to have a solid frame rather than a lightweight shiplap style, due to the fact the garage won’t last in the long term. When it comes to timber garages, it has been said that it is a matter of getting what you paid for.
A steel frame garage is often the cheapest option, but is sold in a kit form for self-assembly. One thing that you should keep in mind is that they provide little protection from the weather elements. When it comes to the installation of the garage, they can take a little patience to screw together, but they are able to create a large amount of space and can easily be dismantled and moved if required. One point to note, with steel buildings they are more liable to suffer from condensation.
We have taken into consideration size and construction, but there more aspects to keep in mind:
Garage Doors & Accessories
You can select a garage door that is best for your needs but also meets your budget and taste. Here at LM Concrete garages we have a range of both standard and automatic garage doors, and you can view our whole range to see which best suits you. Also, you may decide to install windows in your garage. A window helps to keep out the elements and also helps to control the overall air quality in a garage.
When building prefabricated garages you can choose from a variety of finishes including the spa, red brick, sand-brick, brick, shiplap and stone finish. You should keep the overall landscaping theme in mind; the wide range of finishes that are available allows you to match your garage with any existing surrounding buildings. High quality wall finishes add a touch of class to a concrete garage, and can give your space a finished and professional look.
At LM Concrete Garages, we find the best way to accommodate your needs is to offer a free no-obligation site survey. Our specialist will come to your home and discuss all your requirements for a garage, including planning (if required), base laying, dismantling of old buildings and removal of asbestos. Click here to book a site survey
Depending on your choice of garage you may have to submit an application for planning permission. Under regulations that came into effect in 2008, outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission if they follow these limits and conditions:
- No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
- Outbuildings and garages are to be single story with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 meters and maximum overall height of 4 meters with a dual pitch roof or 3 meters for any other roof.
- Maximum height 2.5 meters within 2 meters of a boundary.
Disclaimer: This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information.
NOTE: This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.