The general process can be summarized as consisting of the following steps.

1. Understand your local rules and make a plan

2. Get the appropriate permits

3. Get quotes and contracts from any subcontractors

4. Order materials

5. Begin construction. Getting periodic inspections as required.

6. Get more materials

7. Continue construction

8. Curse your incompetence

9. Get more materials

10. Repeat steps 7-9

DISCLAIMER: While this Instructable details my experiences building a garage, your mileage may vary. Use your brain, at your own risk.

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The key component of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith’s favorite saying, “I love it when a plan comes together!” is the plan. Take that to heart and you will spare yourself a lot of trouble when building a garage. You will need to plan the layout of the new garage within your lot, plan the size, shape, and look of your garage, plan the materials needed, plan the subcontractors, plan the permits and inspections, plan the zero-cost (beer compensated) workers, plan the timetables, plan the weather… well you get the picture. If planning is not your cup of tea, then maybe you should just write a cheque for R 30 000 to get it done by a crew of folks who will do a fine job without you learning a damn thing.

Key areas to consider:

1. How big do you want the garage to be?

2. How big can the garage be (city ordinances!?!)?

3. Where and how many doors and windows?

4. What type of roof?

5. What parts are you going to subcontract?

In summary:

1. Communication with the building permit office and your neighbors is helpful and important.

2. Take the time to know the city rules.

3. Take measurements of your lot and draw up your site plan on your computer. Experiments here are easier than moving foundations later.

4. Get your plan approved by the city and get your permit.

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