The Differences Between Attached and Detached Garages
Your garage is the cornerstone of your house. In it, you keep all of your extra supplies, your car, your bike, sporting equipment, gardening supplies, and many other important household items. Picking the right one is extremely important for your house.
This means that you have to pick what works best for you and your family. The decision between having an attached or detached garage is one commonly not considered, but you have made a great decision in looking into researching the pros and cons of each.
As is made obvious by its name, these types of garages are attached to the house in a pleasing way, most commonly in the front of the house. These types of garages need to be considered carefully, as they have the potential to “make-or-break” your curb appeal.
You also need to pick one that is able to house all the items you think you need (and always get a bit bigger than you think you need, because let’s face it: you always need more room).
There are many obvious benefits to this choice of garage, including the following:
- They have the potential to massively raise the property value
- They are less expensive to build than detached garages
- You do not need separate heating and electrical systems; you can use the ones already present in your house.
- They are convenient to use, especially in bad weather.
- Great for easy storage from the comfort of your interior
Attached garages are very simple to use, but they also have their own downsides:
- A potential threat to security (they are easy to break into, which will give a criminal access to the interior of your home. Consider extra security options)
- A potential fire threat
- There is no way to expand
- It is difficult to fit into a narrower lot space
- There may be expensive builders permits for its construction
These types of garages are not attached to the house. They could even be built on the other side of the property, or even off the property to a separate lot (uncommon). These garages are granted much more creativity than attached garages, and also must larger.
Here’s a list of the pros of detached garages
- Much more secure than traditional attached garages
- Larger space for your car, workspace, equipment, or anything else you plan on having
- More flexibility in size and location
- You can expand to this much more easily
- Could be helpful to curb appeal and resale value
Detached garages almost certainly come with more space and more flexibility than attached garages. This is a favorite of those who want to work in this space more often, such as welding, car repair, construction, woodworking, and any other hobby you can think of. This truly can be made into a private getaway for those that enjoy working with their hands.
But like all things, these garage types have a few downsides as well:
- May not be allowed by homeowners association
- The owner needs to find a new source for utilities
- May take up a big part of the property, leading to less of a resale value
- Less-convenient than an attached garage, harder to get into.
This last point is the kicker for most people. There is a large pull for people to have access to the interior of their house through their garage, especially in bad weather.
This also comes with the expensive hookups of utilities that come with a detached garage, which leads many people away as well.
There is no wrong or right choice when it comes to these two. The attached garage is faster and easier to have for the common homeowner, but the detached garage is able to be much more specialized than the prior.
All in all, the choice is up to you for what is best for you, your family, and your house.