The conscientious home owner should consider not only adding value and convenience to their homes when embarking on a new garage build, but should also judge both the most responsible place to situate it within their property and its likely effect on the overall appearance of the residential street.
Before you decide where on your property to place your new garage, its important to think about the greenery. Greenery applies to the trees on your property, on the street outside and to your nearest neighbour's trees. Prior to deciding on the location of your new car home, approach your local council and find out if there are any trees that may be protected and should not be adversely affected by your proposed new building.
If you discover that any of the trees on or surrounding your property are indeed on the protected list, then it will be necessary for you to apply for something called 'resource consent' before you remove it to make way for your new garage. Unfortunately, in many cases you may also find that you will require resource consent from your local council before starting any construction within ten metres of the protected tree.
The trees on the street outside may fall within the 'ten metre' consent rule. Even if they do not and are not of a protected variety, check that their growth will not be affected by your project. You must consider both their growing roots and their expanding branches as you will neither wish to have your new driveway lifted and cracked by encroaching tree roots nor your garage door scraped by tree branches heavy with summer leaves.
Don't forget that it is necessary for you to show the position of any street trees on your building plans. If it is necessary for the tree to be removed in order for you to start your project, then the cost of this removal lies with you and it may even be necessary for you to plant a replacement. If possible therefore, it is usually both better for the environment, the street appearance and your pocket to locate your garage away from any trees!
The next consideration is the appearance of your new garage. Greenery in the form of smaller trees and large flowering shrubs can be used to either draw the eye away from the new building or even obscure it completely. If you wish to (or your local council rules dictate that you must) obscure your garage from nosey passerbys, then set your new building far enough back on your property to enable a bent or zigzagged access route to the garage door and plant enough tall and bushy greenery around the edges to hide it completely. However, don't plant too near the road entrance and take care not to obscure the driver's view of the road and pedestrians on the pathway.
Finally, choose your driveway and building materials with the appearance of your property and its overall effect on your street in mind. For example, if you will not have much time for maintenance do not choose a driveway material that requires constant weeding or raking. Make sure that water is not retained by it and is able to run through freely unless you want to drive in and out through puddles. Try to use either a similar external cladding to that of your current building and a garage door that complements the style and colour of your existing home. Building or garage door repairs should be approached the same way as a whole new build.
A little thought prior to embarking on your building project can make a huge difference to your pocket and eventual satisfaction, so take a little time to think it through first.
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Sara Leadbetter is a Business Advisor based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She specialises in Internet Marketing and works with Garage Door Installers across New Zealand and Australia. This report was based on Sara's work with Prestige Garage Doors
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