Shed Tips: Building a Garage

15 September

If you’re looking to build a new garage on your property, there are several important things to think about to ensure you get the most practical, cost-efficient structure.

In this article, Buffalo Built’s Managing Director, Ross Barker, talks through some tips and considerations to keep in mind when you’re designing your garage.

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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

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How to Design a Garage

With so many options, choosing the right size and style of garage can be challenging. Here are a few of the main points to consider to get you started.

What Size Garage Do You Need?

The size of your finished garage depends on the available space on your property, the vehicles you’ll be housing, extra storage needs, and how much open space you’d like within the garage.

Land Space

To get an idea of the space required for your garage, the typical width of the roller door on a single garage is 2.5m wide, and a double garage door is 5m wide. This gives you the vehicle access measurement that you need at a minimum, and then you’ll need some breathing room around each side of your garage. Think about the space on your property and how you’ll access the garage, as well as allowing space on either side of the structure for access.

"If you have a larger rural property you’ll have more options when it comes to positioning your garage, but smaller sites need careful planning to make sure the garage is fit for purpose, easy to access, and complies with council regulations."
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

Cars, Boats, Caravans and Other Vehicles

The size and number of vehicles that you plan on housing in your garage will give you some figures to work with.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make when designing a shed for their caravan is not making it tall enough,” cautions Ross. 

“Caravans in particular can throw a spanner in the works, with items like aerials, solar panels or ventilation units that sit on top of the caravan body. We recommend  that sheds for caravans should be at least 100 mm over and above what you think you need – just to be sure!”

"Measuring the height, length and width of your vehicles and considering any future vehicles you might buy is a smart move. Also, don’t forget to think about opening the car door and getting into your vehicle easily while it’s parked in the garage.”
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

Storage Areas in Your Garage

If you’re only going to store your car or vehicle and you have plenty of storage space elsewhere on your property, you may not need much extra storage space in your garage.

However, it’s pretty common to use at least some of the space inside your garage for storage by including racking, shelving or cabinets. Typical configurations include positioning storage racking down one side of your garage or along the back wall, but no matter where you plan to add storage options, make sure you have enough room to completely open cabinets or pull out storage tubs when all vehicles are parked in the garage.

Open Space and Work Areas

Consider the amount of open space needed for manoeuvring around your vehicles and storage shelves. Car doors should be able to open with enough space to walk past comfortably, and there should be enough depth in your garage to allow you to comfortably walk in front of your car.

Depending on your circumstances you might need to consider access needs for wheelchair users or less mobile people too.

“Finally, if you’ve got enough space on your site it can be great to allow some extra space within the garage,” adds Ross.

“This gives you a weatherproof and secure spot to shift, move, store, build, assemble, tinker, or do any of the other important things that happen in a garage!”

Garage Shed for caravan

Buffalo Built Garages: Strong, Versatile and Customisable

Our strong, durable and versatile range of garages will be an enviable addition to your property. Fully customisable and built to withstand the harshest Australian conditions, they come with a variety of options including roller doors, personal access doors, steel or glass sliding doors, windows, spinner vents, skylights and insulation.

Contact the team at Buffalo Built to find out more about our custom built garages

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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built