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Having a garage is one of the most convenient aspects of being a homeowner. Garages provide ample storage space, offer great protection from the Houston sun, and serve as a great work space.
If you don’t already have a garage, there is no reason why you wouldn’t want to build one to add value to your Houston property. But before you do, there are a few things that you need to know.
One of the biggest and most costly mistakes that you can make when building your new garage is failing to obtain all of the necessary building permits from the Houston planning board. Don’t worry though, getting the necessary building, plumbing, electrical outlets is fairly simple.
All you need to do is have your garage building contractor draw up plans that are in compliance with all of the applicable building codes.
Keep in mind that some of the building codes in Houston are fairly unique. For example, trees within the city limits are protected, so if you need to remove any trees in order to build your new garage, you may not receive approval and permitting. However, if you only build a small storage shed smaller than 200 square feet, you won’t need any permitting at all.
Finally, you will also need to obtain approval from your neighborhood’s homeowner’s association before you build your new garage.
The majority of HOA’s have very specific rules and regulations about building any new structures like a garage which are usually heavily enforced. Failing to comply with these rules could result in very expensive fines or could even be cause for you to leave your property.
Houston garage construction costs per square foot depend on the size of and dimensions of garage. Common garage dimensions include: 12×24, 12×20, 16×20, 16×24, 24×24, 20×20, 24×30, 25×25, 28×28, 24×40, 30×30, 40×40, 40×60.
Building a garage in Houston is not overly expensive. On average you can expect to pay roughly $36 per square foot for the materials for your new garage. Of course you will also need to account for the cost of permitting and any unpredictable labor costs that might occur.
The addition of a 300 square foot garage in the Houston area is actually quite affordable and can add real value to a home. The “room” not only provides a protected space for the homeowner’s vehicles but also adds storage and work space. A bare bones approach can cost as little as $5,000 while the addition of a second story or a bathroom can balloon the cost to the still quite affordable level of $15,000.
For example, foundation problems are not entirely uncommon when building a new structure in Texas because of the sandy soil type. You will be grateful to yourself later if you build a cushion into your budget to be allocated to any unexpected expenses like this.
See Home Fixology’s garage building plans guide for further research.
In general, the state of Texas and the city of Houston in particular have rapidly earned a reputation where folks work hard and play hard. No one in this remarkably diverse city is going to give anyone anything for free but if you are willing to put in a little work, you will find yourself amply rewarded by the friendship and the connections.
Nowhere is this fact more evident than when you buy some real estate in the “Bayou City.” Texas is indeed “big” and, as such, land values are relatively modest as compared to those in other cities.
But that fact does not mean that the folks in Houston do not take pride in their property.
Here are just a few of the ways to improve:
Adding entertainment space – The city of Houston revolves around football, BBQ cook-offs and crawfish boils. It really pa