Deciding On Building An Attached Or Detached Garage

Posted on: 2 November 2015

When you're ready to upgrade that carport to a garage, you'll have the choice of building the garage attached to the house or as a standalone structure. Here are some considerations to help you make that decision.

Zoning Laws Affect Your Choice

Some areas restrict the types of activities that you can do in a garage attached to your house. For example, some locations prohibit the use of flammable gases in an attached garage because of the fire hazard. If you plan to use a welding torch in the garage to restore old cars, you'll need to build a standalone garage.

On the other hand, your property may not be large enough to support a standalone structure. Zoning laws require a specific amount of space between the garage and the street, sidewalks and utility easements. You may have to build an attached garage to fit it onto your property.

Driveway Design Is A Factor

A standalone garage may greatly increase the amount of driveway space taken up. Consider what it will take to run the driveway from the street to the opening of the garage. Add room on either side of the driveway for turning the car around, so that you can pull out onto the street instead of backing into traffic.

You may also want parking pads available alongside of the driveway. Even if the detached garage is set back from the street just a few feet, it increases the amount of asphalt space that you need. Ask an asphalt contractor about the best approach from the street to the garage and how best to position the additional turnaround zones and parking pads. You may lose a substantial amount of ground to the driveway requirements. Companies like Star Paving can help you determine if you have the space you need for the design you have in mind.

The Roof Is Another Consideration

If you build an attached garage, you'll want to extend the roof line from the house out over the garage. If your house has a steep gable, the roof extension over the garage may contain a lot of space that you can't use. With a standalone garage, you can put on a roof with a lower slope, saving you money and creating a space above the garage which you can then use for storage.

Disguise The Attached Garage As A New Addition

One advantage of the attached garage is that you can have the entryway be on the side instead of the front. The house siding can then be extended over the front of the garage. You can put in a couple of windows and have the garage looks just like an extension of the house from the street if that's an aesthetic you prefer.