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Discover the pros and cons of an attached vs detached garage.

Whether you’re building or renovating a home, this debate usually starts off with Mr DIY wanting more workspace to tinker with his cars or store his endless list of power tools but the wife has a different vision.

On one hand, an attached garage can provide an extension of the home which can be transformed into a living room or home office. On the other, a detached garage can provide plenty of space for those with hobbies in construction, car restorations, welding or a home gym. 

Unfortunately, garages are not a one-size-fits-all solution and what may work for one home or family, may not work for another. So how does one decide on what’s best for their home and family? Here are the pros and cons for Attached vs Detached Garages.

Attached Garage

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As the name implies, an attached garage are garages that are apart of the home. These garages provide a convenient entryway into your home, as well as create an extension for you to park your car and store numerous household items (and junk). 

PROS

  • Allows space to park cars, storage, and work
  • Provides a direct and convenient entry point to your home, especially useful during bad weather.
  • Easier on the bank, less expensive to build
  • Able to use electrical and heating/cooling systems of the home
  • Amenities close by
  • Increases your home’s resale value
  • Meets homeowner association standards

CONS

  • Trouble fitting on a narrow lot
  • Can be a security risk
  • Increased fire risk
  • Can have health risks
  • Difficult to expand
  • May hinder the exterior appearance of a home
  • May require expensive building permits
  • Power tools may be heard from inside

Detached Garage

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A detached garage is not apart of the home and is usually built close by, however, it can also be on the other side of the property.

Detached garages are quite often larger than attached due to the freedom of being a stand-alone, although this will vary depending on the yard space available.

PROS

  • Plenty of room for cars and workspace
  • Easier to expand or add on to if needed
  • Flexible, better for narrow lots
  • Improved health, safety and security
  • Added curb appeal
  • May increase resale value
  • Home has more landscape space

CONS

  • Inconvenient to access home in bad weather
  • Require separate utilities
  • Can take up more yard space
  • May be restricted by homeowner association
  • Amenities further away
  • Expensive to build

The biggest downside to a detached garage is an inconvenience. Unloading the groceries from the boot or gathering up the little ones and everything inside to a car that’s parked on the other side of the house can be challenging. Amenities are also further away and extra utility outlets can be expensive to install and can contribute to a higher utility bill.

How choosing your garage door first can help

If you’re still sitting on the fence and can’t decide between an attached or detached garage, your garage door type might be able to point you in the right direction. 

First, you’ll need to know if you have the luxury of being able to choose, as your heart may tell you one thing but your homeowner association will tell you another. 

Secondly, do you have enough space and budget to incorporate a detached garage?

If all boxes have been ticked, your next step is to decide how you want to use the space.

To make things easier, consider a custom garage door. Why?

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from garage door trends of 2018 -2019 is that one size does not fit all, and that more and more homeowners are turning to custom made garage doors.

A custom made garage door allows you to choose:

  • Choose your door, whether it is a sectional garage door, roller door or tilt door.
  • Choose your material, whether it is aluminium, timber, steel, Polycarbonate, ColorBond or BioWood
  • Choose your inserts, whether your after mesh for ventilation and light or glass windows for natural light.
  • Choose from a wide range of powder coats, colours, and finishes to match the exterior of your home.

For more information on how to transform your garage space, contact Gryphon Garage Doors Perth.