When building a garage, you must decide between an attached or detached structure. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, a few of which are listed below.
Attached garages make it easier for you to get in and out of the house in inclement weather. If you also plan to use your garage for storage, you’ll find it much easier to grab things because they are only a few steps away. If you would like to heat and cool your garage, an attached structure may allow you to use your existing ductwork.
Along with the advantages, you will notice some downsides such as:
- Making it harder to add on to your home or garage later.
- Security risks, as garages are notoriously easy for criminals to break into.
- Being limited in size and design based upon your lot size, location of driveway, etc.
A detached garage will afford you more privacy and might therefore be a better option if you want to use it as a workshop. You also have more flexibility with a detached garage and can therefore make it as large as your lot permits. If you ever decide to expand your structure, you’ll find it easier to do so with a detached garage than with one affixed to your home.
When choosing a detached garage, keep this disadvantage in mind: You’ll have to walk from your garage to your house in all types of weather and will have to carry groceries much farther.
Which one is Best?
When deciding between an attached or detached garage, keep in mind how you plan to use the structure, the size of your lot, and what features you would like it to have. If you’re still not sure, feel free to contact us so that we can help guide you.