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Shed VS Garage
Many of our customers at One Day Garage have had an interest in constructing a building purely for storage, and not necessarily for their cars. After all, who couldn’t use more room.
Many customers want to build a small storage building to “take back” their once-beloved empty garage that used to be able to store their two cars. The size range for these storage buildings is typically 8′ x 12′ to 16′ x 20′. The difference between 96 square feet and 320 is significant.
So, the question is, at what point does a large shed become a small garage? In the state of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the answer according to building code is 200 square feet. The means 12′ x 16′ or 10′ x 20′ is the largest shed you can build without adhering to the building and zoning codes mandated for garages, but structurally, what’s the difference?
The primary difference is the garages have footed foundations. Whether they be post footers or block, a garage foundation extends 36″-42″ below grade, so it is not subjected to heaving from the frost line. Sheds are typically built on skids or wooden platforms, sometimes even a 4″ pad of concrete. In either case, if you want value. It’s best to build large sheds and large garages; both are less expensive per foot.
Bonus Room vs. Attic
What’s the difference?
Ever notice that when you see most modern day house plays, the bonus room always happens to be directly above the garage? What is a bonus room? How is it different than an attic. How much do they cost?
The attic of any gable or hip roof building is simply the area inside the roof portion of the building. Generally speaking, it is an area designated for insulation of the home and ventilation for your roof. Sizes will vary depending on the size and pitch of the roof. Some attics are large enough and designed strong enough to allow the owner an area for storage with an access panel to get in and out on occasion. When does this attic become an actual room?
When designing the truss for the roof of any area, you may find that by matching the pitch of the house creates an area that is large enough that you want to have easy access to and take full advantage of in the way of a bonus room. Trusses are then engineered to provide the maximum living space while also designed with the same strength engineered for living space in your home. These areas have sub-floors similar to the main home 3/4 tongue and groove for example and are insulated to be finished on the inside walls with drywall or something similar. Pull down stairs or ladders are replaced with a permanent set of steps. In cases of attached garages, provisions are often made to access from the second level with doorways.
We call the Bonus rooms because once you have determined that you want the increased pitch on the garage for whatever reason it may be. The cost to engineer it and finish it is often much less than any other room in your home. Even in cases of unfinished garages, a bonus room can be a great source of cheap storage.
Now Taking Orders For Spring
With the Elusive Spring finally around the corner, we are looking forward to making some great buildings. Now is definitely the time to lock in a price and schedule a build date.
Getting signed up to have a new garage built is easy at One Day Garage. All it takes is a phone call to our office, an email, or a visit to our showroom. Our friendly sales staff will discuss your ideas for whatever project you may want to have done this Spring. Everything is custom built. Garages, decks, Florida rooms, sheds, whatever you have in mind, our consultations and estimates are always free. We’ll walk you through the process step by step.
With only a 10% deposit and financing available, why wait for a garage any longer? Get the storage you need, Increase your living space, and Increase the value of your home.