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Reasons to Consider a Detached Garage


If you are building or remodeling a home, you probably wondered whether to choose a detached or attached garage. Attached garages often provide convenient entry to a home, but can be eyesores. Here’s why a detached garage makes a better choice.

  1. Flexible Placement Options

Because you can place a detached garage anywhere, you can choose a spot that is most convenient. This is easier than having it next to the house and then trying to clear a path to it.

  1. No Trapped Heat

Garages are not as well insulated as the rest of the home. In the warmer months, that hot space can start to bleed into the rest of the home when attached, decreasing your home’s energy efficiency.

  1. Easier to Build Above

When homeowners build a guest suite above a garage for family use or short-term rentals, you will find that most of them use detached garages. They are far easier to convert and offer more privacy.

  1. Better Use of Space Next to the House

If you are expanding, renovating or landscaping, you can use the space next to your home in any way you like to improve curb appeal. You can even build a patio or start a garden.

  1. Better Proportions

Because they are the biggest single features on the exterior, garage doors tend to be the first thing people notice when attached. Detached garages allow homeowners to highlight other features of their home.

  1. Separate Home

If you use your garage mostly as a workshop or for storage, create some separation. This helps to maintain the façade of your home as just a home both literally and figuratively.

With so many great benefits of a detached garage, it’s no wonder they are making a comeback. Whether you plan to convert it into a studio apartment or use it for parking the car, the choice is clear.