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Old 25-09-2018, 03:14 PM   #1
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Folks with new garages, in hindsight, would you change anything?

Folks as the title suggests, I'm getting close to having the funds to start prepping for a steel garage at home. Starting with the base etc.

Ones who've recently built your garages, would there be anything you'd do differently? I'm paranoid that I'll fall into an obvious trap when planning mine, you only get one shot at these things, too small/wrong extras added etc.
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Old 25-09-2018, 03:36 PM   #2
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I was advised to avoid any skylights on mine as they are prone to condensation. I also added my electric and water lines in before the base was poured which saved a lot of hassle.It would have been easier if i added the sealant underneath the frame before it was bolted down as it would have left a neater finish.
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Old 25-09-2018, 09:32 PM   #3
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I had been speccing a garage for a couple of years, probably longer, before making a start so I knew what I was after. The only thing that crossed my mind briefly was a wider door, it's 7'6" wide, could probably went to 9', as garage is 11.5' wide. Apart from that, nothing. I had looked into everything I wanted from it to start with. Any questions just fire them off...

Had it all drawn out to scale on the IPad app and in Excel, including the car and trailer.

Check out your local Planning and Building Warrants dept on line for details and help.
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Old 25-09-2018, 10:48 PM   #5
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Here’s my list which might be helpful:

Run services before slab is poured
Add high flow drainage to cope with dirt and chemicals
Run a fully waterproof, lined tub/flooring system
Add a durable floating grate flooring like this: https://www.refractccp.com.au/shop/s...-tiles-groove/
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Cheers for the replies so far, some handy thoughts.
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Old 26-09-2018, 07:44 AM   #7
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Put heating in if you can
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And, if at all possible, make it bigger than you currently think you'll ever need.
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Put heating in if you can


Good call.

Not just for your hands either, for the sealants and waxes you plan to use. Before any heating make sure you go all out on insulation.

With top insulation and sealing, the lights will be heat enough.
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Old 26-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #10
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I built mine as big as i could go within the limitation of the width of the garden and under building regs, i think it is 7m x 4m to keep it under the 30sqm limit (at the time) for building regs.

I went for as wide a garage door as possible, makes getting in and out so much easier.

Only regrets really are not enough sockets and not enough lighting. With the up and over door i've only got lighting in one half of the garage. Built it just before i got into detailing seriously so if i was building it now, I would make sure there is good lighting all round and plenty of sockets. This can still be done, but with racking and everything else in the garage, it will be a pain to do now.

The only other thing i should have done in retrospect was water to the garage, but instead i have a the pressure wassure connected to a hose that goes through the wall with a hoselock connector, so i just attached the garden hose to the garage and job done.

Don't forget security either, a strong pedestrian door with a 5 lever moritce dead lock and good security on the garage door, such as shoot bolts in the lower corners.
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