Pros and Cons of Side-Entry Garages

February 8, 2022

When designing and building your custom home, you have the chance to design your home exactly as you want it. You get to design rooms, features, and more just to your liking. And, if a garage is in your dream home plans, it’s important to consider all of your options. Here are a few pros and cons of side-entry garages to help determine if this is the right choice for you:

2 Pros of a Side-Entry Garage

Side-entry garages can offer some benefits. Here are a few of the pros of a side-entry garage:

1. They Tend to Offer Ample Space

The biggest advantage to a side-entry garage is the space they offer. Having enough space is one of the garage must-haves is a reason this type of garage is attractive. Keep in mind that side-entry garages are best on a larger lot or even a corner lot.

This makes side-entry garages popular in suburban or rural areas. They also will often offer more driveway space for parked cars. This will keep cars from blocking your garage and also your home. Side-entry garages offer more space because of their location with your home. If you want extra space beyond just car storage, this type of garage is for you.

It will be easy to house cars plus have a dedicated workspace for any hobbies you may have without encroaching on available space towards the front of the lot. Plus, if you decide you need a three or four-car garage, a side-entry garage offers you the most leniency in going bigger, space-wise.

2. Side-Entry Garages Tend to be a Bit More Hidden

Due to their doors not facing the street, this type of garage will not detract from your home’s facade. This will allow your home to shine. With the doors facing away from the street, your garage will naturally flow into your home’s design. A stronger curb appeal may offer you a higher home value, which is an asset if you ever need to sell your home later.

Side-entry garages also are great if you plan to have your doors open during the day while working in your workshop area. Because the doors will not face the street, the average passerby will not be able to see into your garage as easily as if the doors directly faced the street.

2 Cons of Side-Entry Garages

Although there are advantages to a side-entry garage, there are also some potential disadvantages. Here are some cons of side-entry garages:

1. Side-Entry Garages Can be Costly

Due to their often larger size, this type of garage is can be a costly expense. Not only will it take a lot of building supplies, but you also need to factor in the cost of garage doors. If you desire an electrical door, the installation cost is also something you need to keep in mind.

Your side-entry garage door will also require a larger driveway space. A large driveway is another cost to keep in mind as you decide which entrance is best for you. You may also then need a longer sidewalk to lead the driveway to your front door, so that is another consideration, too.

2. Larger Vehicles Might be Difficult to Park

The functionality and ease of use of your garage are some of the essential garage considerations for your custom home. If you have a large sport utility vehicle or truck, a side-entry garage might make parking difficult.

These larger vehicles require more space in order to back out and turn around safely. If you have a larger SUV or truck and decide on a side-entry garage, be sure your driveway has plenty of extra space to accommodate your vehicle.

These are just a few of the pros and cons of side-entry garages to consider with your custom home. There are also pros and cons to front-facing garage entrances. Evaluating the pros and cons for all of the options can help you decide if a street-facing garage entrance or side entrance is the better fit for you.

If you’re ready to get started on your custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090. We can help make your dream home a reality!