Roof: We’ve built many garages over the years. At Connor Building and Design, we use quality-roofing materials, from the underlayment, shingles, to the trusses. Some people like the idea of have additional room in the attic for storage. We can switch to storage trusses, which are open in the middle. Ask us for details.
Doors: The standard garage construction provides for the main car door. One feature many of customers like is adding a standard door allowing access to your yard. It is nice to open the yard door to get yard tools without opening the overhead door.
Windows: We typically recommend windows—increasing the exterior appeal, and you’ll like the natural light. Depending on your needs, before starting the project we take the time to plan for natural and overhead lighting—especially if you are going to use this area as a combination garage/shop.
Floor Space: Here is a tip that is well received by most customers. Consider building the garage wide enough to allow 4 or 5 feet of space between the car and the walls, which gives you clearance to open the doors plus plenty of easily accessed storage. Adding 2 feet to the width significantly increases usable space but may not add dramatically to the cost.
Power and Lighting:
For general lighting, we suggest energy-efficient fluorescent tubes; fixtures with 4-foot bulbs and plastic covers. You need at least one over each car bay. For bright light throughout a two-car garage, use nine fixtures spaced evenly in three rows. House Logic is a good source for design ideas that you may not have thought of.
And of course—Call Us, We Love Talking About Garage Ideas!
For Additional Information and Design Ideas Call Kevin— 406-439-7217