So, you want to build a garage?
In fact, I need to build more than one to house my car hobby — which is why I created my Hobby Complex concept.
What are the best options for a garage?
Obviously, configuring a garage can take on so many permutations it would be impossible to consider them in this post, so I'm narrowing it down to one facet: structure.
More specifically, the type of material.
You can build a garage using lots and lots of different methods — probably as many or more than there are options to build a home. However, I'm going to concentrate on the most common methods used today: pole barn, wood frame, metal, and concrete block.
What else can there be? To name a few, how about timber, rock, adobe, concrete, glass, and brick. Is that all? I don't know, but conceivably, anything you can do to build a home or commercial structure can be used to build a garage — however, I'd like to keep it focused on the types most commonly used by the average homeowner.
Here we go:
- Pole Barn
- Advantages: Price, aesthetics, and speed to build.
- Wood frame
- Advantages: Aesthetics can easily be matched to a wood-frame home and it can be added on as an attached garage with relative ease.
- Advantages: Price, fire resistance, potentially the easiest and fastest structure to build.
- Concrete Block
- Advantages: Greatest fire resistance when used with metal roofing components and finished with non-flammable materials. Also, the most durable and secure.
Of course, which one you use is entirely up to you and your situation.
For me and my Hobby Complex, I intend to build most of the buildings from pre-fabbed metal kits for ease and to save on cost — the exception being the attached garage and carport addition, which I'm planning to do with a custom-designed wood frame structure to match the home.
Whatever you choose — or have chosen — I hope your plans are moving forward satisfactorily and your projects are fun and successful — after all, it's a hobby and that's what hobbies are for.