Garage base preparation and other information
APPROXIMATE CAR SIZE GUIDE (length x width x height)
e.g. Ford Mondeo 4.724m x 1.920m x 1.448m (15'5" x 6'4" x 4'8")
e.g. Nissan Micra 3.708m x 1.778m x 1.422m (12'2" x 5'8" x 4'7")
e.g. Fiat Ulysse 4.445m x 2.159m x 1.448m (14'6" x 7'1" x 5'6")
Car sizes vary from year to year so we recommend that you check the size of your car before you order your garage.
The space will always be used, so buy the biggest building you can afford provided that it fits comfortably in the space available. There are no precise guidelines regarding the size. Often the size of the building is dictated by the space available. We offer a wide range of sizes to suit every space. If you are replacing an existing building, you should consider whether to have the same size again or perhaps larger. You should also consider the size of your car and allow for the door opening width. Also, consider whether your garage will be used for parking only or for storage and workshop use aswell. The smallest size for a single garage is 8' x 16' which is a tight squeeze even with a smaller car. More popular sizes include 9' x 18' and 10' x 20'. Contact us for further advice.
Ideally your building should have a clear space at least 18" wide on all sides, if possible. This ensures easy access for both installation and future maintenance. In reality this is often not practical and at many sites it is not needed. A reduced clearance is often possible on one or two sides. If the space around your building is restricted remember to allow for any roof overhang. You should also cut back or remove any nearby shrubs and trees. Remember to allow for future growth. We recommend a sheltered position which is not exposed.
All buildings need a substantial base. The base should be solid, square, flat and level to ensure the stability of your building. Also, the base should be higher than the surrounding ground to ensure adequate drainage and to allow for hinged door openings. Concrete is the preferred material for garage bases. The base for a concrete garage should always be at least 150mm or 6" wider and longer than the external size of the garage. The base for a timber garage is normally made precisely to allow the walls to overhang for drainage purposes. Contact us for further advice
If your order includes installation your building will normally be delivered and installed on the same day by prior appointment with you. A clear access route is required from the lorry to the prepared base, with no access restrictions. Please advise us if there are any access restrictions at the site.
The external timber should be treated with a good quality wood stain every year. This will prolong the life of your building. All major wood stain manufacturers offer suitable products in a choice of colours, available at any good hardware shop. It is not necessary to treat cedar which is a naturally resilient timber and does not deteriorate appreciably even under severe climatic changes. If untreated cedar will gradually fade to a silvery grey. We also recommend that you regularly oil the door and window hinges as required to ensure continued smooth operation.
Inexpensive polystyrene or fibreglass insulation can be easily fitted in a wooden garage between the framing members. The insulation is retained by cross battens which also support the lining boards. Wood effect veneered wallboard is a popular lining but plywood and tongued and grooved cladding are also suitable. Concrete garages can also be insulated and lined and lining clips to simplify this task are available with some models. Contact us for further advice.
Although providing an electricity supply to a garden building is normally a straightforward task, for safety reasons we recommend that you consult an approved electrician first. Since January 1st 2005 all electrical work must be completed in accordance with IEE wiring regulations and BS 7671. Notifiable work must be either notified directly to the local building control department or completed by an operator who is approved under the Part P Electrical Competent Person Scheme.
The majority of garden buildings do not require planning permission. However, permission is required for any building which covers over half the garden, which is not for domestic use or which is over 3 metres high with a pent roof or 4 metres high with an apex roof. Planning permission may also be required for any building which is nearer to a public highway than the original dwelling. For planning purposes a public highway includes any road or footpath with a public right of way. If you live in a Conservation Area or a Listed Building permission may be required for any garden building over 10 cubic metres. This brief summary is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. Contact us for further advice or contact your local planning department.
The majority of garden buildings do not require approval under the building regulations. However, approval is required for any building with an internal floor area of more than 30 square metres.