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  • 6 Steps For Adding On To A Garage

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    Wish you could add more on to your garage? Thinking of adding a second floor but don't know where to start? Follow these 6 simple steps for adding on to your garage:

    1. Think from the Outside in

    Over-the-garage additions have a huge impact on curb appeal since they often face the street and tend to be large; a typical two-car garage is 24 by 24 or bigger. "You don't want it to look like a bulky, tacked-on box," says Brewster. A few strategies that will help it appear seamless: Make sure features such as gables and windows are harmonious with the house's style; add facade details, like trim, to break up expanses of siding; and, if possible, schedule the project in tandem with an exterior upgrade, like repainting or re-siding. Brewster designed Geoff and Michelle's addition with a cross gable that extends along the full length of the house, which also allowed for an attic to hold mechanical equipment. For visual symmetry, she centered double windows over the garage door and a gable-end window over the window below.

    2. Make Sure the Structure is up to Snuff

    An engineer will need to verify that the garage's existing framing and foundation can bear the weight of an addition. Garage walls often have exposed framing, says Tiplady, but if yours are finished, you'll need to cut away the drywall to see what's behind it. In Barrington, Tiplady installed a larger header above the garage door to help carry the load of the rooms above, and put in a support beam for the addition's floor joists.

    For the foundation, a contractor will need to dig several holes to check its depth and condition along the garage's perimeter; if the foundation is inadequate, he'll need to bolster it or put in a new one, both of which are complex, pricey jobs. Fortunately, Geoff and Michelle's foundation beneath the garage's back and side walls was sufficient. A new footing was added on the street side of the house, however, to accommodate other structural changes during the remodel.

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