Prefabricated garage design ideas, inspiration & pictures

What is a prefabricated garage?

Modular factory-made structures are commonly known as prefabricated garages. These structures are built in a factory setting and assembled on site. From classical to modern, prefabricated garages are available in a range of designs. So you can choose one that perfectly complements your design of your house. Prefab garages are great alternative to the traditional garages.

* They are more affordable than the traditional structures. 

* They take little time to be installed on site. 

* Quality prefab structures follow strict quality guidelines, so they are more durable than some of the conventional garages. 

* They offer the kind of security and protection your cars deserve. This sets them apart from prefab carports, another popular option for parking cars. 

* The versatility of design gives you variety of choices. You may order pre-fab structures big enough to house two or more than two cars.

Some of the most stylish prefab garage designs include:

Classic garage - This is a much-loved style for classically styled houses in Canada. A combination of pitched roof, elaborate wood work above the doorway and wooden framework. They are often designed with a separate door than the garage door. This is especially useful if you use the space as well as a garden shed and garage.

Gambrel garage – This type of garage resembles traditional barns in design and décor. The roof is designed with two slopes at separate angles on either side. Gambrel roof is sometimes known as Dutch roof in Canada. This type of structure makes extensive use of hardwood, engineered wood and cork.

Two storey garage – Sometimes homeowners like to use a part of the garage as a garden shed, studio or children’s play area. Designing an accessory dwelling on top of the garage       is also quite common. If you have any intentions of using this space for additional purposes than only parking cars, then consider going for a two storey garage. It comes with pitched roof and dormers, which are stylish additions to any house. They also increase the amount of storage space in a small house.

What materials are used for a prefabricated garage?

Prefabricated garages are built with the help of lumber, engineered wood and steel. Both wood and steel are often used to design the basic framework. Using reclaimed barn wood or boat wood is also not uncommon for this purpose. The flooring can be made of concrete tiles, engineered wood, bamboo or cork. Bamboo flooring is slowly becoming popular in Canada and is often considered a cheap alternative to hardwood.

What kind of foundation is needed for a prefabricated garage?

Take some time and help from reputed home builders to build a solid foundation for your garage. You may use a combination of treated plywood and engineered wood joists for this purpose. The cost of building such a foundation as this would be around $18 CAD per square metre. Using concrete slabs to build the basic foundation is another option. The cost is fairly similar to a wooden foundation. But you will need a week’s time for the concrete slabs to properly dry up and nicely settle in their places.

How is a prefabricated garage installed?

By opting to install the prefabricated garage by yourself, you can cut down upto 25% on the total cost of buying a garage like this. However, attempt this only if you have sufficient skills to do so. Otherwise, you may unnecessarily risk yourself in the process. For DIY work, buy an installation kit specifically designed to help you in the process.

* Build the foundation of the garage. Use either wooden joists or concrete slabs to do so. 

* Fix the rails with the foundation and erect the trusses. 

* Don’t forget to set up the door and window frames. 

* Fix the sidewalls and pre-designed roofing with the trusses. 

* Install the doors and windows in their places.

To avoid getting hurt, wear safety helmets and gloves during the entire process.

What is the cost of a prefabricated garage?

A single door prefabricated garage would cost you around $360 CAD per square metre. A double door garage, on the other hand, would cost you $430 CAD per square metre. The price includes the costs of raw materials and installation. The cost of preparing the site, planning the drainage and plumbing system, and doing the electrical work should be added separately with this cost.

What are the pros and cons of traditionally built garage and pre-fabs in Canada?

Prefab garages are cost-effective alternatives to the traditional structures. They boast of varied designs to suit every need. They can be easily installed on site within a short period of time. Prefab garages, especially the quality structures, are durable and capable of giving due protection to your vehicles.

Traditional garages are custom made to suit your needs and tastes. Because of this, they better complement the style of your house than their prefab counterparts. Traditional garages can be designed with a range of add-on facilities like home office, entertainment zone, and store room. It is easy to utilise the additional space on the first floor level to build a guest apartment.

Well-built conventional garages can last for decades. They are sturdier than most prefabricated designs, so they are capable of providing greater protection for your cars. However, traditional garages take more time to build. Unless you boast of specialised skills, you will need the help of an architect to design your dream garage.

What permits are needed to install prefab garages in Canada?

A building permit is necessary to install any accessory structure, including a prefabricated garage. You will have to approach the local building authorities to apply and get a permit for your garage. Ontario has some relaxation in this regard. If your prefab structure occupies less than 10 square metres space and has no plumbing system installed, you don’t need to have a separate permit for it.