What You Should Consider When Planning a Garage Expansion

Blue Sky Builders garage expansion renovationThe number of cars in the United States has continued to grow throughout the past several decades, and the average size of vehicles has also expanded. Travel has become more and more of a necessity in today’s society, and many families now have multiple cars. In the past, a two-car garage provided plenty of room, but nowadays, that may no longer be enough. With winter approaching relatively quickly, the addition of more room in your garage could be the garage renovation project your family needs. However, you will need to keep a few things in mind when considering this type of custom garage project.

Know Your County Limits

In DuPage County, a single-family home on a lot of 40,000 square feet or less is allowed a maximum size of 650 feet for a detached garage. However, if there is no current detached garage built, the homeowner is provided with an additional 200 square feet. In all single-family residential zones for homes that have 40,000 square feet of property or less, the maximum height allowed for a detached garage is 15 feet. 

If your property expands past 40,000 square feet, a detached garage would be in proportion to the amount of land you have. DuPage County allows a garage to be the size of the land multiplied by .01625. The same guidelines apply regarding the additional 200 square feet if there is not a structure already in place. The maximum height allowed for a detached garage on this size property is 24 feet. It should also be noted that a garage cannot exceed a total of 2,600 square feet.

Why Else Could an Expanded Garage Be Beneficial?

Although cars can take up an excessive amount of space, they are not the only items that can be stored in a garage. With the warmer weather starting to disappear, our garages will become the home of many summertime items. Lawn equipment, pool supplies, toys, and sporting equipment can all require significant space in an already crowded garage. Furthermore, items such as shovels, snowblowers, and ice melt will need to be easily accessible during the winter months. A garage expansion would be able to provide additional room, making your life much easier. 

Contact Our DuPage County Garage Renovation Experts

Depending on the size of your land, pre-existing structures, and reasons for wanting an expanded garage, a lot of options may be available. Although it might seem like a straightforward project, other renovations may be required. Removing an existing structure, installing new concrete, and building the expansion can be a considerable amount of work. The professionals at Blue Sky Builders will work with you to help you understand your options and determine the best way to proceed. To receive a free estimate, call our office today at 630-852-8485 and speak to a Downers Grove custom garage professional.


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