Pro tips


How do I choose the right model of garage or shed?

 Here are some tips for deciding which model is right for you:
  • Depending where it is located on your property, the garage might or might not resemble your house.
  • It is not necessary to echo your home in every possible way. In most cases, it is sufficient to reflect certain elements of the main building in order to create a visual link.   
  • In some cases, the garage model will affect storage capacity. Depending on your needs, a representative can inform you of the pros and cons of each model.

How do I determine the right foundation type?

 Here are some tips to help you determine the appropriate foundation type:
  • For a detached garage, it is essential to consider a concrete slab.
  • Will your concrete floor need an exterior curb? Depending on how you plan to use your garage and the topography of your land, you may or may not need one. Feel free to ask one of our representatives for expert advice.

What is the best placement?

 Here are some things to consider in choosing the precise location for your garage:
  • First, it is always a good idea to check your municipality’s standards and by-laws. This will tell you exactly what you are allowed and not allowed to do.
  • Next, based on your needs and the size of your garage, you can mark the perimeter of the garage on the ground or on your site plan.
  • Take plenty of photos of your property and bring your site plan to one of our points of sale so that one of our representatives can help you.

How do I determine the best dimensions for my needs?

 Here are some tips to help you determine appropriate dimensions for your garage:
  • First, it is always a good idea to check your municipality’s standards and by-laws. This will tell you exactly what you are allowed and not allowed to do.
  • Evaluate your needs based on how long you expect to stay at your current address. If you plan to stay long-term, you will need to think about future projects and life events that could have an impact on your storage needs. For example, having children, purchasing another car, renovating the basement, etc.
  • The size can also be determined in terms of the size of your lot. It is worthwhile to think about how much space your new garage will use, so that you can make sure it is not overbearing.

How do I obtain a building permit?

  •   For information about building permits, contact your municipality.
  •   If your municipality requires a sketch or plan, Garages Fontaine’s drafting service can help you. In a few days, we can prepare a scale drawing of your garage that will facilitate your permit application process.
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