You’ve decided to build a brick garage on your land, so here is a step-by-step guide that will give you some basic tips on how to build a brick garage. Remember, a brick garage is not just made of brick, but it has a concrete foundation and is framed with wood. The task ahead is not simple, but with patience and perseverance (and maybe a little help from a friend!) you can build a brick garage yourself.
Materials and tools needed for a brick garage:
- Plumb line
- Tape measure
- Power saw
- Power drill
- Chop saw
- Framing wood
- Structural wood
- Concrete mix
- Take time and make plans on where you want the brick garage to be. After you decide the location of the garage, you will need to check the property lines and make sure there is proper drainage to the location. You will need to submit a plan or blueprint of the garage to the zoning authority and get the proper permits. Be sure to follow the plans closely to ensure the garage is sound structurally.
- Level the ground and build the frames for the concrete. After the frames are built and the rebar is in place, you can either mix concrete one bag at a time or hire a cement truck to bring all the concrete in at one time to complete the foundation.
- Frame the walls and frame in the windows. Decide what size garage door you want so you can leave the right sized opening. Erect the walls and begin on the roof. Once the joists and rafter are in place, you can begin to put up the plywood, place the tar paper, and put the shingles on the roof. Don’t forget to install the roof vents before you put the shingles on.
- Wire the garage for both 200v and 110v so you can run power tools. If you know how to wire the garage, it should be wired for both 220 and 110 volt so you can run your power tools. If you don’t have the knowledge to do the wiring, hire a professional. Remember, safety comes first.
- Start laying the bricks. Mix up your mortar and start laying your bricks. Place the bricks in piles around the frame so you can reach them easily.
- Complete the insulation, drywall and painting on the inside. Once the bricks are laid, you can begin dry walling and insulating the inside of the brick garage, if that is what you want to do. Be sure to secure the wiring to the studs even if you choose not to put up drywall, insulation and paint. Once the walls are insulated and drywall is completed you can paint the inside.
- Install the garage door and the opener. Whether you have a prefabricated garage door or you are planning on making one yourself, you are now ready to install it. Once the door is installed, you are ready to use your newly constructed brick garage.
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