Tips for Designing a New Garage

As new homes are getting larger, so is the trend of designing new garages in order to accommodate bigger vehicles as well as cater to storage needs. Therefore, garage design has gained a lot more importance than it used to. However, what things should be kept in mind when designing a new garage? If you are planning the construction of a new garage in your home, these few helpful ideas will help you create a garage that is not only highly functional, but also appealing to the eye.

Attached or Detached?

Do you want your garage to be attached or detached? Attached garages are extremely convenient, particularly in wet and cold weather conditions, but they also significantly limit the design options for the garage and house. Detached garages, on the other hand, offer a lot more design options, which allows you to build a garage exactly the way you want it! At the end of the day, it depends on what your preference or needs are.

Looks Are Important

Some of the nicest garages actually do not look like garages. Instead, they seem to be a part of the house itself. Therefore, think of ways to give your garage a house-like appearance, and match any entry doors, siding, trim, and windows with your house. You should also consider breaking up the bulky appearance of a single garage door with two (or more) smaller doors.

The Bigger the Better

Over the years, garages in the US have continued to become bigger. Today, the minimal standard is a two-car garage with ample space for large pickups, SUVs, and minivans. Whereas, three-and four-car garages are common in high-end developments and bring a positive selling point along with more parking space.

Planning the Stairs

Clearly, stairs will be required so that you can get to the upper level conveniently. If you are placing them inside the garage, place the stairs along one side. Then construct a work or storage area of similar size on the other side of the garage in order to balance the overall appearance. You should consult your local building inspector for all the possibilities.

Creating a Space above the Garage

It can be a challenge to create a living space above the garage, as the full-size space above the garage and the combined wall heights may require the roofline to be higher than the house. Creating a space above the garage is one of the most economical ways to create a rental space, office, or media room. However, it can be achieved much more easily with a detached garage as opposed to an attached garage.

Consider the Weather

You should also consider the weather when designing a new garage. For instance, if you are living at a location that receives a lot of snow, you may want to leave some space so that you can remove the snow.

Keep these ideas in mind while designing a new garage, and rest assured that you will come up with a garage that is both functional and attractive.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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