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How To Choose Between Detached and Attached Garages


When it comes to garage construction, there are two main types to choose from. Whether you choose a detached or attached garage will depend on a number of factors, including personal preferences, the current build of the house, the plot of land and other important factors. Here are a few things you need to consider when making your choice.

The Weather

How hot or cold does it get in your area? Does it storm or rain often? In areas with more extreme or rainy weather, having an attached garage may make more sense. This ensures that you have minimal exposure to the elements to go back and forth between the garage and the house. Even so, some homeowners in warmer climates find that putting a breezeway between the exit of the house and the entrance to the garage may help to cool the home.

Legal Allowances

Most planning departments for cities or counties have rules in place regarding setbacks. Setbacks refer to how far back from the property lines the building structures must be. If the house already maxes out the setbacks on both sides, then a driveway could lead to a detached garage at the back of the house. If setbacks are not an issue, then homeowners may opt for attached garages.

The Existing Structure

Sometimes placing an attached garage on either side of the house may prove inconvenient. The sides of houses tend to have windows looking out from living rooms or even bedrooms. Those rooms may lose those windows if a garage is attached there. However, a detached garage can be placed almost anywhere on the property without obstructing airflow or views.

By taking these three factors into consideration, you can make a more informed decision about which structure is best for you. Be sure to rely on your general builder as well for advice on garage construction plans.