Garage extension solve those problems of needing additional space. Especially if your wife, mother or daughter, or all three love Christmas decorations, trees, and dolls. As they accumulate over the years in garage, eventually your car cannot enter or your renovation project for a gym space is no longer feasible.
We know that a little more space is always needed in your garage. For your car, for your equipment and that Christmas decoration you only use once a year. In today’s article, we want to cover how a garage extension can make your life easier, convenient and less stressful.
What is a Garage extension?
A garage extension is nothing different from what its name suggests, it can be as large as your free space allows, within legislative limits and your budget.
There are several types of garage extensions, which adapt to different needs which we are about to cover. In this article, we will find that it is important to consider both the vertical and horizontal space of your garage. As they have different implications and uses.
Types of Garage Extensions
Garage Extension: Add More Horizontal Space
This type of extension is common to find in huge renovations of old houses, which usually do not have much space in the garage but in their garden.
With the most important resource available, free space, new areas can arise within the house, such as a new living room, a bar, fitness areas, game rooms, and a garage.
In general, garage extensions are common in large family houses, in which there are more than 2 cars since the need arises to protect all cars from the terrible weather conditions. It is also needed for space as the family grows and accumulates more stuff that needs storage.
Garage door choice
A crucial point within the garage extension is the choice of the garage door. We know how annoying it can be, to leave work exhausted, drive home, and not be able to park your car in the parking lot because the door is stuck.
As experts in the installation, maintenance, and repair of garage doors, we recommend that you do some market research so that you can choose the most appropriate door and installer for the job. Sometimes a garage job doesn’t go as plan and its usually because of installation quality or the wrong choice of garage door.
Types of Garage doors
Fortunately, there is a wide variety of garage doors to choose from, we will leave you with all the available options so that you can choose the one that best suits your project.
- Up-and-over garage door
- Tilt garage door
- Roller garage door
- Wooden garage door
- Rolling garage door
- Sectional Garage Door
- ABS garage door
- Custom garage door
- Automatic and electronic garage door
Garage Extension: Height Elevation (Vertical)
This type of garage extension is popular for expanding families. You may ask, how is this possible?
Why would a new baby or some family member moving in with you will make you extend your garage? The reason is car size, bigger family cars are usually higher and require more vertical space.
For a bigger car to park at home, you may have to make a height extension in your garage. Standard garages are usually just the right height for vehicles like sedans or sports cars.
High-rise garage extensions are ideal for garages that do not offer enough surrounding space for expansion. Therefore, if you need additional car space, it may be reasonable to install a car lift. This will allow for additional cars, prized sports cars, and vintage cars to be stored. Additional head space can also offer more room for storage using shelves and the like.
How to make a vertical garage extension (by height)?
This type of renovation requires the accompaniment of two professionals, an architect, and a contractor since it implies putting a second floor in your garage.
The role of the architect will be to make the pertinent observations and recommendations, before the start-up of the work.
The recommendations issued by the architect focus on informing about the structural conditions of the beams, doors and walls of the garage, that is, the base structure of the property, in order to give the go-ahead, so that the contractor can start his work. without any risk.
The role of the contractor is to make the pertinent modifications to the expansion.
After defining the type of garage extension, you must check if you need a Construction permit from a building certifier.
Do I need planning permission to expand a garage in Australia?
Extension permission is required when exceeding the legislative parameters of garage extension and the Australian acts.
According to the Australian Garage Extension Standards, the maximum sizes must be:
- Individual garage: 3.0 m × 5.4 m
- Double Garage: 5.4 m x 5.4 m
- Large Garage: 6.0 m x 6.0 m
If your renovations exceed these measures, you will probably have to go through a council approval process and ask what type of zoning or construction permit you need. This is something you need to check anyway as the rules change from time to time.
How much does a garage extension cost in Australia?
Garage extensions carry several costs that at first glance go unnoticed, such as adjustments to ventilation, electricity, or plumbing.
These expenses depend on the type of expansion you want to do, if you go for basic extensions, only to guess space, it will only be the basic costs of wood, labour, and some finishing details.
For composite renovation, in which you decide to make the extension a frequent area, plumeria expenses will be added when adding a bathroom, installation of an air conditioning system, furniture, and decoration, among others.
For this type of renovation, we recommend hiring an architect with whom you can find all the services through a single channel and the expansion does not become a complicated task.
For personalized advice on what size or type of garage door you need for your extension. Contact us now, our team of experts will be attentive to your call.