Choosing General Contractors versus Subcontractors
About Me
Choosing General Contractors versus Subcontractors

Hello, my name is Isabel, and I bought a fixer-upper house a few years ago. Through the years of having multiple projects done to my home I have had a lot of contractors in and out of the house, and I have learned how to effectively hire them and successfully work with them. I have worked with general contractors as well as specialists for things like roofing. If you aren't sure when to choose a general contractor over a subcontractor, take a look at the tips in my blog. They will inform, guide and help you. I am glad you found my blog. Enjoy reading!

Choosing General Contractors versus Subcontractors

Things to Consider before Building a Garage

Rosalyn Hunt

Do you need to build a garage on your property? If so, there are going to be many things to consider before you start building it. After all, you don't want to just plop any old building onto your property. You want something that is going to compliment your home, look great, and be functional at the same time. Here are some of the things that you will want to consider when choosing the right type of garage for your property.

Garage Styles

The first thing to consider is the style of your garage.  You can choose from attached or detached garages. Then, you need to think about the exterior. There are many styles to choose from, and you are sure to find something to compliment your home. Some of the style options include ranch style, carriage house, Victorian, cottage, mountain, and colonial.


The next consideration is the doors. You have many options when it comes to styles, and materials used to construct garage doors. Styles include: carriage (ideal for carriage houses, swing open); raised panel (doors that lift up) which are available in a variety of colors and patterns; contemporary (modern, ideal for contemporary homes); and traditional (can work with many home styles, including ranch, Victorian, Cape Cod, and colonial).

Materials used to create doors for garages include: wood, which looks great but requires a lot of maintenance; steel, which is inexpensive and sturdy but does tend to rust; aluminum, which is inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to maintain; and glass panel, which has panels that are frosted, tinted, or clear.


Once you have chosen the style and the doors, you will need to think about the interior of your new garage. In addition to being a place to park your vehicles, your garage is also likely going to be a storage area or workshop, or both. When planning the interior, think about organization, and include areas for shelving, pegboards, racks, cabinets, rubber totes, and other types of storage systems.


Finally, you will need to choose the type of flooring for your garage. Paint or epoxy is a popular choice, because it looks great, is inexpensive, and easy to maintain with regular re-coating. Floor mats or rollout flooring is another option. This will allow you to customize the flooring, and it is comfortable if you are going to be standing while working on projects. There are also several types of tiles you can use, including rigid perforated edge (these will allow spills to flow away from the floor so nothing gets under the tiles), solid ridge tiles, and peel and stick tiles, which are simply to apply.

For more information, check out companies such as Topline Garages & Sheds.