When you are constructing a garage, you have a lot of decisions you need to make. One of the elements to consider when you build a garage is whether it will be attached to your house or not. It is important to look at a range of factors to help you determine which option will be best for you.
Today, garages are often used for more than just parking the vehicles. They are used for storage for tools, recreational gear, and more. In addition, many people turn their garage into additional space for their home for a rec room, an office, or a space to enjoy their hobbies. Depending on who you want to use your garage, it could affect whether you want it to be attached or detached.
Property Size and Shape Matter
Two of the most important things you will have to consider when you are making your choice for a garage are the size and the shape of your property. In some locations, the size of the lots is going to be smaller, and you may simply not have enough room for a detached garage, for example. This is often the case in urban areas, as well as some suburban locales. Still, the suburban areas and the rural areas tend to be the most accommodating when it comes to a detached garage.
You want to look at the size of the property, as well as the layout of the area to get a better idea of which type of garage will work best for you. Make sure the garage would not cross over into your neighbor’s property, for example. There are often local regulations that require a garage to be a certain distance from the neighbor’s place, so make sure that you are following all the building laws. If you are working with a builder, as you should be, they will know these laws and can help you determine what type of garage, along with the size of the garage, would be best for the space you have available.
Advantages and Disadvantages of an Attached Garage
First, let’s look at the advantages of having an attached garage. When you come home after a long day at work, when you are bringing the kids home from school, or you have bags of groceries you have to bring into the house, it’s nice to have an attached garage during inclement weather. You won’t have to get soaked just getting into the house. It is also nice on cold mornings to be able to slip into your car without needing to step outside into the frigid weather.
Having an attached garage can also improve the appearance of your home by making it look larger than it is. Since you are going to be using a common wall to the house for the attached garage, it can also slightly decrease the cost of the build, which is certainly nice. Those who want to use their garage for other purposes, such as a play room or an office, will also find that it’s simply more convenient to have an attached garage.
Of course, there are some disadvantages, as well. One of the biggest problems is space. In some instances, the lot might be too narrow, and it would not be feasible to have an attached garage. In addition, there is a greater security threat with these types of garages, as it can make it easier for them to get into your home.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Detached Garage
Detached garages tend to have quite a bit of flexibility, and they could be the ideal solution for those who want to do woodworking or who want to work on their vehicles. Both of those activities tend to be quite loud thanks to the tools being used, and if the garage were attached, much of the noise would end up disturbing other people who are in the house.
In addition, when you have a detached garage, you will not have to worry about the scent and fumes getting into the home, which have the risk of being toxic. Because the garage is further from the home, it will not give the thief a quick way into the house. If the garage is detached, it also means that it will be easier to enlarge if needed than if it were a part of the home.
The biggest disadvantage to this type of garage is the fact that you will have to walk to your home after you get out of the car. When it is raining, snowing, or otherwise miserable outside, this tends to be unpleasant.
What’s Right for You?
Considering the pros and cons of each, along with the shape and size of your property, which of the options do you feel is the best choice for you? You should also consider your needs and lifestyle to determine whether there are any other advantages or disadvantages that would apply to you and your family with attached and detached garages. You will want to consider everything before you make your decision.
If you want to know what other people have to think about the garage options, you can check out the HOUZZ discussion forum.
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