Building a detached garage is a big investment for homeowners. It is important for homeowners to take the process step-by-step in order to make sure they consider everything involved. Between creating a budget, picking garage plans, and researching building codes, building a detached garage is a busy process. Here are four things to consider before going forward with your garage.


The first thing to consider is the cost. Determine a budget that works best for you and your family. Create an Excel spreadsheet that documents costs including plans, contractors, and any interior design needs. Having a set budget from the beginning will help keep you on track and prevent overspending.

A Plan for the Space

Next, consider how the space will be used. Is it used to store three cars? Will it be used as an at-home gym? Will there be a second-story apartment above the garage? Asking these types of questions will help guide you in the process of determining which type of garage plans you need.

Picking out Garage Plans

Now for the fun part! Picking out a design. At Behm Design we have a wide variety of plans available. There are big garages, small garages, Victorian style garages, Colonial garages, and more! The options are endless. Consider how you will be using the space when choosing a plan. For example, if you plan to have an apartment above the garage, that will narrow the choices down to two-story garage plans.

Building Codes for Garage Plans

One thing homeowners often forget to consider is their local building codes. Before ordering your garage plans, contact your local zoning and building department. They will be able to tell you if there are any special requirements or restrictions that are necessary. Usually a site plan will be required to show the improvements and location of the future garage on the property.

Once the plans are reviewed, you will receive a permit to build. On occasion, the plans will have to be certified by a state-licensed architect or engineer. This is common in areas that experience earthquakes. Building a detached garage is a great way to improve your living space and also increase the value of the property. For more information about the garage building process, contact Behm Design today.