Garages

The One Stop Solution

When you hire Summit for your custom garage project, we will provide you with all of the services that you need, from start to finish, to make it easy for you!

From demolishing old structures, to designing the structure with you, to obtaining architectural drawings and engineering approval, to applying for and obtaining the building permit, we save you the time and trouble.  And if you want electrical in your garage, we can take care of this for you as well, using our licensed electrician.

It’s an Investment

At Summit, we understand that a garage is an investment in your property.  Properly built, a garage adds curb appeal and increases the value of your home. That’s why we work closely with you to design your garage to suit your needs and your taste.

Built from Raw Materials

All of our garages are custom built from raw materials on your property, so you can see exactly what you’re getting.  We use the highest quality products to ensure that your garage is built to last.  You’ll also see the construction as it happens, so you’ll know that no shortcuts are being taken.  All of our structures, including our sheds, are built to comply with the Ontario Building Code, and at various stages in the process, City of Ottawa inspectors come to examine our work to make sure that everything is built to code.

Starting the Process

To begin the process, we’ll need to visit your property to discuss what you have in mind.  We’ll then take measurements and assess the slope of the land, as well as access to the building site.  Based on the site visit and the design of your garage, we’ll be able to give you a quote.

It is recommended that structures be built four (4) feet from the property line. While the City of Ottawa allows garages to be built as close as two (2) feet from the property line, as soon as you want to build closer than 4 feet from your property line, a grading plan will be required and this adds cost and several weeks of lead time to your project.  If a grading plan is required, once this is obtained, we will be able proceed with the process of applying for a building permit.

Planning Your Garage

When planning your garage, think about how you want to use it.  Will it only be used to park a vehicle or do you also want space for a work bench and storage?  Do you want room for shelving along one wall?  Will bikes hang from the ceiling?  These are all things to take into consideration.

 

  • Size – Whether it’s a single, double or triple car garage that you’re thinking of, we’ll help you to decide on the size that will best fit your space, meet your needs and align with your budget.
  • Roof Style and Shingle Colour – The gable roof is our most popular roof style because snow and rain fall to the sides of the garage, rather than in front of the door.  We have many colours of shingles, and we use only architectural shingles, as these look better and if you currently have 3-tab on your house, when you re-roof the house, it’s likely that you’ll want architectural shingles.  The shingle colour should be selected in person.
  • Finish and Trim – The exterior finish is maintenance-free vinyl siding; the same material used on houses.  It’s available in a broad range of colours and should be selected on your property so that you can match existing vinyl on your house or choose a colour to compliment your brick.
  • Door styles – There are many styles of garage doors to choose from, as well as side doors, the latter of which is typically full steel or steel, with a window in the top half of the door.  And for the garage door, if it’s a double car garage, you’ll want to think about whether you prefer two single doors or one large garage door.  Door openers are also the norm these days, and it’s best to consider this ahead of time, as we will be bring the conduit for the electrical up through the concrete pad and can arrange for installation and the required electrical.
  • Windows– The size, number, type and placement of windows are your choice. For garages, house-quality windows are used, so we can order anything that you’d like.

What to Expect

 

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Excavating and preparing the concrete pad

  • The area is excavated and excess soil is removed.  Footings are 12” wide x 12” deep around the perimeter of the pad.
  • Wood forms are installed around the perimeter and braced to accept gravel and concrete.
  • 4” of gravel is installed on the pad surface and tied down with 9 gage, 6”x6” wire mesh
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Pouring the pad

  • Before the concrete is poured, an inspector from the City will come to inspect the pad to ensure that it was prepared in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.
  • Once approved, 32 mpa concrete is poured into the footings, with 4” of concrete over the pad’s surface
  • The pad is then completed with either a broom finish or a smooth finish
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Framing the structure

  • The walls are framed with 2x4s, 16” on centre, just like a house
  • Standard walls are 8’ high, though higher walls are also an option
  • For the roof, we use pre-engineered trusses to ensure maximum strength and stability over the long-term and a standard 5/12 slope, though other slopes are available
  • Windows and doors are framed in based on the design of the garage
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Sheathing the structure

  • Once the frame of the structure is up, the entire structure is sheathed with 7/16” OSB, just like a house
  • The grade around the garage is filled to ensure that water runs away from the structure
  • At this stage in the process, when all the sheathing is installed, an inspector from the City will come to ensure that everything was completed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.
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Installation of water barriers, shingles, windows and entry door

  • Once the structure has been approved, we install a water barrier on the outside of the walls, and an ice/water membrane on the roof
  • When these are in place, then the roof is shingled
  • The side door and windows are then installed, as are the soffits and fascia
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Exterior finish and garage door

  • When everything else is completed, then we’re ready to install the vinyl siding, which is available in a broad range of colours
  • The garage door, weather-stripping and the door opener, if ordered, are the final steps in the process
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View from the back/side

  • This is the view from the back/side of the garage, with a ½ light steel side entry door, a gable vent, and a 6’ x 2’ sliding window
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View from the front/side

  • Here’s the finished product from the front/side, with a cottage-style garage door and a gable vent to match the one on the back of the garage
  • This garage is now ready for final inspection by the City.

Time Needed to Build Your Garage

Obtaining the building permit can take 2-3 weeks, depending on whether you have a property survey.  Once we have the permit, we will arrange a start date that suits your schedule. From the date of our arrival, it takes only two (2) weeks to complete a single car garage.  Larger garages take a little longer, but we don’t move to another project until yours is completed to your satisfaction. Custom orders on doors and windows can also take 4-6 weeks, so the sooner these choices are made, the better.

Warranty

Summit offers a 2-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty on materials and workmanship. This is consistent with most companies, though some companies only offer one year.  Vinyl siding and shingles also ave an extended warranty through the manufacturer.