My wife and I are going to build a new garage this year, and I don't know the first thing about what I'm doing. Our current one is trash - a detached garage that can only fit one car, and is on the verge of falling over in a windstorm.
I've never built anything or had major reconstruction in my home before, but I figure that the financing and fitting the construction in with my current loan will be relatively straightforward once I figure out what the project is. My main goal right now is to understand how to settle on the project. Obviously that means an architect and builder (or someone who does both).
I think that I'd like to go ahead and build it out with a garage apartment, as well as incorporating an outdoor space for entertaining, but I also want to know the range of options - what am I looking at for simply a new garage that would fit both of our cars, have better insulation for storage, etc.? What am I looking at for the whole nine yards - apartment with central air, bathroom, and outdoor entertainment incorporated? What about everything in between?
If anyone has specific recommendations for professionals in the Houston area that would take on a project like this, I'd appreciate it. But, more generally, if anyone has any words of wisdom from past experiences - what to do, what not to do, and what kind of price per square foot I might be looking at, that would be really helpful. Thanks in advance.