How to Build a Garage With 12-Foot Ceilings

Building a garage with 12-foot ceilings is all about making careful calculations and then assembling the garage with the same tried-and-true methods you'd use to build any other structure.

Secure a Permit

Building a garage with high ceilings depends on good measurements and sound construction techniques.Building a garage with high ceilings depends on good measurements and sound construction techniques.
You will need a level and firm foundation, sufficient lumber cut to your specifications, and standard tools like saws, hammers, nails and ladders.

Step 1

Draw up a plan and secure a permit before building.

Before you start to build, draw up your plans on paper and submit them to your municipal authority to acquire the building permit necessary to add a garage to your property. Then have a cement pad poured at least 4 inches thick with a slope of one inch for every 10 feet, for drainage.

Step 2

Cut studs shorter than needed to accommodate plates.

The next challenge is to calculate the wall height needed to create a 12-foot ceiling on your garage. If you have not already poured your foundation, be sure to add at least 1½ inches to your calculation for your desired ceiling height. For a garage with a 12-foot ceiling, you will need a total wall height of 13½ inches, for example. Cut your studs 4½ inches shorter than that to accommodate the wall frame's top and bottom plates.

Step 3

Add trusses once the frame is in place.

Framing a garage takes strength, precision and manpower since it must be square and accurate. All plates must be pressure-treated to handle moisture, and they must break at the right places to preserve the strength of the structure. Header beams are needed over doors and windows. Once frames are up and secure, add the sill plates and then roof trusses. Install plywood over the trusses and cover it with roofing material. Finish the structure with paint or stain and trim of your choice.

Things You Will Need

  • Calculator
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Safety glasses
  • Adjustable ladder
  • Pencil or marker
  • Building permit

About the Author

Edith Robb has been a professional writer and editor since 1970. A winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award for commentary writing, she holds a Bachelor of Administration degree and a Master of Arts in integrated studies with a major in cultural studies, both from Athabasca University.