What Are the Best Tips for Making a DIY Garage?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

The most important tip for making a DIY garage is to measure carefully, then measure again. The builder must know the most accurate dimensions of the building to be built, including the length, width, and height, to ensure the proper amount of materials are purchased and any possible complications are avoided during the construction process. Before any DIY garage project begins, the builder will also need to research local building codes and regulations to ensure the building project is within code. He or she may need to obtain permits to build, regardless of whether he or she owns the property.

A person who is new to building projects may want to consider purchasing a DIY garage kit that will include all the necessary building materials as well as step by step instructions on how to properly erect the structure. The tools to build the DIY garage will not be included, which means the builder will need to draw up a budget not only for purchase of the kit, but also for purchase or rental of tools. He or she may also need to hire workers to help erect the structure, which can affect the overall budget. The planning stage of the DIY garage project is especially important, and during this planning phase, the builder will need to consider possible complications as well as budgetary matters.

Most garages will require some sort of base or foundation. If the garage requires such a foundation, it is important to consider the different options. Concrete foundations are necessary for larger structures that will house heavy machinery or multiple cars, while wood can be used for smaller structures that will hold lighter equipment. Dirt floors are also sometimes acceptable, though drainage issues will need to be addressed before building the DIY garage. Concrete foundations are not difficult to pour, but some research and prep work will be necessary. For larger garages, a builder will likely need to rent a concrete mixer to complete the project in a reasonable timeframe.

Carefully consider the different materials available for building a DIY garage. Wood, vinyl, aluminum, and steel are all common materials used for garage construction, and each material has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Each material will also create a different aesthetic, so if the look of the garage is important to the builder, he or she will need to consider each material carefully to decide which one will be the best fit for the aesthetic needs.

Discussion Comments


My son and I tried to build a garage over the summer and we didn't do our measurements right so it turned out to be a disaster! Now, once the snow melts I am going to have to call a contractor over to help.

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