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Timber garages -- size really matters

By Aaron Bannell - 2nd May 2013

As family cars get ever bigger and more sophisticated, so it becomes necessary to upgrade your domestic garage. If it's built into the house that might be a problem. The obvious solution is to convert it into a general storage space, while a new garage is added to the garden.

There are many options for this, but a standalone building in a garden should be an ornament rather than an eyesore. A cheap metal garage will degrade the area wherever it is erected. In a green space in which vegetation predominates, the case is easily made for wooden building materials.

Modern wooden garages are well protected against the elements and provide sturdy homes for motor vehicles and other possessions. As well as melding into the environment, they also add value to the property.

With the materials chosen, size becomes important. A large family car can take up around 4.6m x 1.8m (15ft x 6ft). A double garage should be at least 5 or 6ft wider to allow both drivers and passengers to alight without damaging the car doors.

Specialist flooring materials can be used that are not generally available to the homeowner, with a coating system that will last many years. They might include epoxy resins, polyurethanes, polyaspartics and a range of garage tiles.

For maximum resonance with the garden, wooden, manual-opening doors are often preferred. Other options are lift-up or rolladoors which require specialist fitting.

It is highly recommended that you make a list of your preferred materials and requirements before consulting your provider who will be able to advise you on an optimal package.