Adding a wooden garage can be a significant investment for your property. From storing away your DIY tools to parking your vehicles safely, and even using it as your home office, a well-designed and built wooden garage can be multi-functional and a great storage solution for your home.

Nonetheless, we all know that building highly durable and good-looking outbuildings will require a lot of careful planning and execution. Here we have prepared a list of key things you must consider and prepare before making the final purchase and beginning the construction process.

Rules and Permits
A planning permit is one of the first and most essential steps towards getting a wooden garage. Begin by researching and learning about the local restriction and rules. It might be best to consult with your local planning authority to get a clearer picture of what paper works and permits are required.

Alternatively, why not let Jon William Stable handle everything for you. We offer a full planning service just for £240. More details here

Consider the style of your home
Your garage should be a part of your home. Adding a garage to your home raises the value of your property. Ensure that your garage design, size, colours, and other features complement your home well.

What will your garage be used for?
Most people only see garages as a place to keep our cars and vehicles, but they are much more versatile, they can be used for many other things such as storing away our tools and belongings, a place to work out, or even a workshop to do our small DIY projects.

Thinking beforehand and considering how you will be using your garage will allow you to design a functional and multipurpose space. This will also allow you to think in advance about other features you may need or want to install. You may want a storage system, extra insulation and ventilation to keep you and your belongings safe all year round, security cameras, and any furniture needed.

Wood
When choosing a type of wood, you need to consider your surroundings, location, and weather conditions carefully. Picking out the right type of wood will ensure its durability and longevity.

There are different types of woods and timber available to build garages, and each one of them has different benefits. Some of the most common woods used to build garages are pine, oak, plywood, cedar, and redwood. Where plywood is affordable, it is not as sturdy as cedar and redwood. The latter two are better options if you are looking for wood with high durability. Cedar, in particular, is known to have a natural resistance to moisture, rot, and decay, making it the perfect option.

Head over to our previous article here to learn more about different types of woods that can be used to build garages.

Budget
Before starting your search for a perfect garage, you should decide on how much you are willing to spend. Having a set budget can act as a guide during your search and consultation/planning process. Additionally, if you are looking for a bespoke design, you may have to be slightly flexible with your budget.

Check out our garage price list here, or why not read our previous article to find out the details of the works you should expect and how much they will cost you.

Site prep
There is a certain amount of site preparation that will need to be completed before the work can begin. Firstly, the ground your garage will be built on will have to be flat and levelled. The foundation can be levelled with gravel, concrete, paving slabs, or even timber decking.

You will also need to remove any old structures or debris which may get in the way and delay the process. Clear the pathways to ensure all the builders have easy access to the site. Other factors such as parking, loading, and unloading of large materials and height restriction will also need to be considered.

We hope this article has given you some insightful information about the prep works that goes into building a wooden garage. Remember, garages are significant investments to your home- properly planning and prepping will ensure that your garage is sturdy, stylish, and long-lasting.

Our team here at Jon William Stables is proud to say that we have over 50 years of experience planning and building ranges of timber buildings, making us a perfect partner for your next outbuilding project! Give us a call on 01380 850 965 or write to us at sales@j-w-s.co.uk!