How to prepare a site for a garage

How to prepare a site for a garage
Getting a new garage is an exciting process. Going from warehouse to warehouse finding the right design, style, colour and size.

Getting a new garage is an exciting process. Going from warehouse to warehouse finding the right design, style, colour and size. 

Finally, you’re going to have a new and more secure home for your car, more storage space and a structure that looks great. 


Once the planning stage has been finalised and the building process nears, the site where your garage will be built needs to be prepared. For builders, it’s not a case of turning up on the day and throwing around some materials and calling it a garage. 


In order to build a garage that’s stable, strong and done with quality workmanship, there are five steps builders must complete before erecting your garage.

Steps to prepare a site for a garage


Step 1 - Clearing the area: Backyards are a hive of activity. The kids love tearing around the yard playing with sporting equipment, toys and bikes. While nobody wants to stop a backyard being a functional and fun place, when building works are soon to happen, the area needs a really good clean. This goes just beyond the site area itself, any space builders require will need to be free of obstacles so they have uninterrupted access from truck to site.  


Step 2 - Measuring and mark out: Once the site is clear of debris, builders will need to mark out the area on which the garage will sit with pegs. This is so they accurately know where the garage will be positioned, but also to ensure the structure will fit the space on location. 


Step 3 - Digging the foundations: A foundation is an underground portion of a building structure that transfers its gravity loads to the earth to make your garage stable. This is one of the most important steps in the process and something quality builders will be precise in doing. 


Step 4 - Boxing-up: Now the site is clear and the foundations have been dug, the garage needs to be boxed-up. The perimeter of your garage will need to be set out by timber planks, so concrete can be poured into the foundation at a later point. 


Step 5 - Site inspection: Before pouring in the concrete, a mandatory site inspection is needed. A registered building inspector will visit your site and assess whether your garage will be subject to potential drainage problems, tree roots growing underneath the structure, fencing issues or hazards with surrounding properties. The registered building inspector will also assess whether your garage is going to be built over easements or pipelines. This will all be outlined in your building permit, so it’s best you follow it accurately. 


Step 6 - Steel reinforcement: If the registered building inspector gives you the all clear, concrete (and often crushed rock) will be poured and reinforced with steel to enable both materials to provide further strength. There are many forms of steel that can be used during this stage like mesh, bars and rods which absorb stresses and strain placed on the garage. 


Michael Mendola from Develop the West builders, who works closely with Shed Bonanza, says the biggest delay in the process generally comes down to one simple thing. 


“If you stick to what your building permit says, the building process is straightforward. The real delays come from builders having to hurdle cars, kids bikes and toys and not having clear access to the site. We carry in a lot of materials and the more things in our way the slower we have to go,” 


“Fortunately with a little pre-preparation, most homeowners provide a clean and tidy workspace for us.”  


If you’re unsure of your requirements when preparing to build a new garage, our blog on when building permits are needed for a garage is a helpful guide.  


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