Allowable Size

The City of Calgary will only allow a certain percentage of your lot to be developed depending on zoning. Once you have provided us with your address we can assess how large you can build on your lot.

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Desired Size

Singles 14’x20’

20’x20’ Small double garage. Ideal for two compact to mid-size vehicles. Leaves 2’ on either side of overhead door for storage.

20’x22’ Gives some extra depth to allow more space for parking trucks, SUVS and mini vans.

22’x22’ Allows 3’ on either side of overhead door (or we can keep 2’ on one side and 4’ on the other) allowing for more storage on your side walls.

22’x24’ Allows additional space at the back of garage for shelving and storage.

24’x24’ Oversized garage for maximum storage.

Triples from 30’x20’

Gable/Roof Style

Standard Gable Style: Gable Garages are the most common garage roof style. Most people choose a gable garage style for added storage purposes. The triangular gable faces the road and is built to match the gables on the house, while the garage trusses slope towards your neighbours. Gable garages are characterized by the angle of the roofline sloping to the sides of the building.

Reverse Gable: Reverse gable roofs are roof sections that extend in the opposite direction from the normal gable construction. When referring to objects such as garage doors, reverse gable means that they have been placed underneath the slope of the roof instead of at the end, underneath the peak.

With a reverse gable garage the trusses slope towards your house and towards the rear property line.

Choosing between the two styles is mostly cosmetic. However, one major advantage to Reverse Gable style is that the garage sidewalls can be built closer to the property line because the 16” soffit overhang does not need to be accounted for. This is helpful for maximizing garage size particularly on narrow lots.

Regular Trusses Vs Storage Trusses

Our standard package uses pre-engineered roof trusses. The trusses are great for maintaining the structure of your garage, but are not suitable for storing heavy objects on top. If you would like to use the upper space for storage, we recommend that you upgrade to storage trusses which add additional bracing and strength. We can also install fold down ladders to give you access to this space.

Electrical Requirements

Standard 15 Amp Service – Will give you suitable electrical requirements to run 5 interior arc-vault receptacles, one exterior GFCI receptacle and up to six interior and exterior lights. Ideal for lightly used garages. Not suitable if someone plans to run compressors or power tools, or to add a 240 volt outlet.

30 Amp Service – When upgrading to 30 amp service we will add a sub-panel. This allows the option of adding a 240 volt receptacle, more lighting, and gives sufficient power for running basic power tools.

40 Amp Service – Ideal for someone who is will be doing heavy work in their garage i.e. mechanic or carpentry. Suitable for running multiple tools.

Gas Line/Heating Requirements

If you are ever going to consider putting a heater in your garage, it is a good idea to run a gas line at the time of construction while the trench is dug for the electrical. Natural gas heating is much more affordable than electric options. We can also provide and install the heating system.

Curb Wall/Retaining Wall

A curb wall is a raised concrete wall around the perimeter of the concrete slab. They usually range between 6”-2’. If your lot is sloped from front to back it may be required. The curb wall adds additional protection from moisture and rot by elevating the exterior framing.

We include a 6” curb wall with all of our packages.

If your lot slopes excessively (more than 2’) it is sometimes necessary to add a retaining wall to accommodate construction.

Driveway/Apron

An apron is a 2’ driveway the width of the garage between the alley and the garage. This gives a more finished look, particularly when tying in to a paved lane. Often if the alley way is not paved, the apron will not be added until once it is so that it will tie in properly.

If your garage is set further away from the property line, you may consider a larger paved driveway.

Wall Height

Standard wall height is 8’. This comfortably allows a standard 16’x7’ overhead door. Some clients will opt for 9’ walls to allow for extra wall space for storage and also to accommodate an 8’ tall overhead door which will allow for oversize vehicles.

Wall Thickness

We frame our standard package with 2’x6’ walls on 24” centers. This combination is ideal for both strength and for installing R20 insulation at some point during the life of your garage. 2’x4’ walls on 16” centers are an option under our standard package, though we recommend the strength added from the 2’x6’ walls.

Exterior Finishing

Generally, we will finish the exterior of the garage to match the house. Our standard packages include maintenance free vinyl siding, but we can upgrade to Hardie Board, Stucco, or any other exterior finish.

Interior Finishing

Our standard packages do not include insulation or drywall but we can certainly do that for you. If framing with 2’x4’ walls, we can install R12 insulation. If framing with 2’x6’ walls, we can install R20 insulation.

Drywall finishing stages vary in garages. Many garages are taped to a stage 2 finish which means that the seams are taped and coated once. This gives a more finished look than just having open walls, but is not suitable for paint.

A stage 3 drywall finish would be more like what you would find for the interior walls in your house. We can finish to whatever level you prefer, and can texture the ceiling as well if you require.

Drainage and Sump Pumps

We pour all of our concrete slabs with a slope of 1” over every 10’ to allow for drainage. This is adequate to prevent pooling from general snow melt and spills. However, if you plan to do more extensive work in your garage involving liquids like washing cars or oil changes, we have other options available for you such as sump pumps and trench drains.