Many readers will look at the title of this article and scratch their heads. Why build a detached garage in the first place? True, an attached one is often preferable, especially in cold climates.
There's just one problem with that preference: not everyone's lot size or structural position allows for an attached garage. These homeowners need a secondary option and a detached garage is definitely the way to go.
Is Constructing A Detached Garage Difficult?
The construction process has its challenges, but paying attention to size limitations and savvy design options early on can save you headaches in the long run; particularly examining things like:
How Does Garage Placement Factor In?
Most attached garages face the street. Granted, they might face the street at an angle, but they still face it. A stand-alone structure can be placed perpendicular to the main house, beside the house, or even behind it. Depending on how you would like it to look, a detached garage gives you more placement flexibility.
What If The Conversion Of An Existing Space On The Property Is More Economical?
On the surface, converting a part of your basement or building a below-grade addition may seem more cost-effective. Look closer before proceeding. You’ll likely need to add a drain outside the structure and file several building permits before starting this project. Factor in these costs and determine if they’re within your budget.
Are There Environmentally Sustainable Materials Available?
Yes, developing green space in everyday places is one way to be environmentally-friendly. In detached garage construction, that means possibly building a flat roof and turning that space into a garden. This is a great way to manage stormwater, lower your utility bills, and contribute to the conservation in your community.
There are also low-maintenance and recycled garage doors to choose from. Several styles and colors are available. While building green may not always be an option (you should choose the roofline that most resembles the roofline of the home), when it is, a garage visualizer tool may give you a better idea of how the finished product will look.
How Can A Garage Be Accented So That It's Unique?
Ornamentation may seem small, but it makes a big impact and sets your garage apart from any others in your neighborhood.
Here are a few popular ideas: