Pros and Cons of a Detached Garage

December 11, 2017

Sure, garages store cars, but they can be used for just about anything! It’s a huge relief to never want for parking spaces, and have all that extra room for equipment. When planning out a custom home, every homeowner will face a conundrum when considering which type of garage to install: attached or detached. Attached garages are more common, but what about detached garages? Here are some pros and cons of a detached garage to help you decide:

Pros of a Detached Garage

More Customization Options

Detached garages allow for more customization options. An attached garage will be limited in shape and size by the home it is connected to. Without this limitation, you will be free to make it as big as you wish. You can even make it multiple rooms! More rooms mean less need to search for storage places.

Easier to Modify

Detached garages are also much easier to modify. If you want to add a porch, an apartment, or a different room you can easily do so with a detached garage. In an open space, not already attached to a building, the potential for growth will always be present. An apartment, in particular, can be a great source of income, or function as an in-law suite.

Less Noise Flow into House

A garage is the perfect place to set up a workshop. It’s spacious and cool, so you can store your tools and work in comfort. Having a detached garage puts distance between your workshop and your living rooms – so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your housemates. With that freedom, you can work on whatever you want, whenever you want. It also opens up the potential uses for the space, like using it as a practice room or recording studio.

Cons of a Detached Garage

Less Convenient

The biggest con of a detached garage is that it is often less convenient than an attached garage. With a detached garage, you lose the convenience of staying indoors. Not having to go outside to reach your car, storage, or workshop is a serious plus. In warm weather, this is not as much of a problem – but when it’s raining, snowing, or hailing it can be. With an attached garage there is no need to worry about that, and you can easily access it even at night.

It is also slightly less convenient during the construction process as well. Instead of expanding the foundation of a custom home to include an attached garage, you’re constructing a separate second building. Depending on your area, local associations, and building regulations, this may require more licensing and standards to meet building codes and local laws. Granted, the right custom home builder will manage and handle these tasks effectively, so you don’t need to.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling becomes an entirely separate consideration for a detached garage. Proper insulation and quality construction go a long way in helping to prevent energy loss, reduce drafts, and maintain a consistent temperature, but those things alone will not get your detached garage safely through intense summer heat or winter cold. Your detached garage will need a heating and cooling system all its own in order to prevent the door from freezing, appliances from getting damaged, and a ton of other issues. This becomes even more important if you are adding a room on top of your detached garage.

Planning your custom home is an exciting process. It’s your chance to get the home of your dreams. When it comes to your garage, it’s important to evaluate the pros and cons of an attached garage and a detached garage to determine which one will be best-suited to you.