There are different ways to jump on the home improvement bandwagon. One home improvement project that will add value to your home is building a new garage. Before you put a nail to wood in your new garage, you will want to do some garage planning. Here are a few things to consider when you first start to plan for a new garage.

Zoning Laws

The first thing you want to do before you pick out any garage plan or materials is to check the zoning laws. Zoning laws will tell you if you are even allowed to build a garage. If you can build a garage on your property, the zoning laws will tell you where a new garage can go and the size limit. The final thing zoning laws will tell you is what type of roofing and drainage your garage needs.


The next thing you want to consider in your garage planning process is the purpose of your garage. Not all garages are used for storing cars. You can use a garage for a workshop, extra workspace, storage space, and so much more. In order to pick the best design, you will need to know that the purpose of your new garage will be.


Ventilation may not be something you’d think would be important during the garage planning process. However, having good ventilation is very important when building a new garage. You probably open up your garage and start your car during the winter months. While this helps to warm up your car, it releases harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide. Having good ventilation will allow for these harmful toxins to go out of your garage.

Car Size

The size of your car makes a huge difference in the overall size of your garage. Having a regular sedan should not require a different size. However, if you have a larger car such as an SUV, the size of your garage will be different. A larger car may require a higher ceiling or wider storage area.

Attached or Detached

If you drive through any newer suburban neighborhood, you will see many attached garages. Attached garages have several benefits, especially when it comes to weather. In the winter, an attached garage keeps your car warm, and during rain, you do not have to go outside to get to your car. While the attached garage seems to be more popular, detached garages also have many benefits, such as allowing for more design options.

Picking a Garage Plan

One of the most important parts of garage planning is picking out the perfect garage plan. There are many different options when it comes to plans for a new garage. However, if you have considered the items above, then you should already have a sense of what kind of plan you need. Picking the garage plan is as easy as getting online and choosing one. Behm Design offers many different garage plans, from colonial to apartment style. Check out our options here.