If your home doesn’t currently have a garage, and you have the space for one, don’t automatically assume that you have to remodel the house to get the garage you want. Instead of jumping through hoops with building permits, which can be a big headache for older homes, you can opt for a detached garage instead. Before you make a decision, consider some important factors.
What Is a Detached Garage?
As the name suggests, detached garages aren’t connected to your home. They’re the opposite of attached garages. Some homes have detached garages located a short distance away from the house, and others build the garage in a separate corner of the property. The size of your property and the layout of your home often determine where you can build the garage.
What Are the Pros and Cons of a Detached Garage?
There are several advantages to having your garage separated from the home:
- Less noise inside the house
- More space for work projects
- Lower cost (usually) than an attached garage
- Greater flexibility for size, style and placement
Put simply, going with a detached design may allow you to have a larger garage overall. You can use it for many activities, more than just parking a vehicle. The privacy and quiet mean you can have a shop for automotive repairs, woodworking and other hobbies.
Of course, there are some downsides to this option as well. The biggest is noticeable in places with colder climates: having to leave the house to start your car in the morning. It can also be a hassle to have to carry a bunch of groceries from the garage to your house every time.
How Can You Choose the Right Layout?
Speak with a general contractor for good ideas when planning your garage. You can decide which features are important, such as insulation, workbenches, epoxy flooring, windows or an apartment in the attic.