Welcome back to our blog series, Adding a Garage to Your Existing Home! We are back with more information that can help you get on your way to having the garage you’ve always dreamed of having! Today, we are going to focus on the planning and design phase of a garage addition!
Planning and Designing | Garage Door Repair Raleigh NC
It’s important to make sure that your garage addition is planned and designed with the overall look in mind. Making sure your garage looks good with the rest of your existing home is a key part of planning. Many times, garages that are added after a home is built tend to look like they’re not meant to be there. Referred to as “snout houses”, these homes have garage additions that dwarf the front of the home. It often looks as if the home was an afterthought.
Those that need a larger garage can do a few things to offset the look of it during the planning and designing stage. Making sure the front of the garage is set farther back than the entrance area of the home is a great way to minimize the look of a larger garage.
In addition, if your property allows it, design the garage to have the garage doors face the side or back of your home. In this case, the garage’s roof can match the style of your existing roof.
Most garages today are a minimum of 14 feet by 20 feet, but, it’s standard to have a garage that’s at least 20 feet by 24 feet, as you’ll have more room for storage or a work space, in addition to vehicle storage.
Once you’ve decided on the size of your new garage, planning for the driveway is next. Modern driveways are, for one car, at least 10 feet wide and sometimes as wide as 14 feet when feasible, to ensure that the vehicle isn’t too close to fences or retaining walls as it drives up or opens a vehicle door. For two cars, the driveway is often between 20 and 24 feet. One and two car driveways are usually 20 feet long, depending on the room you have between your home and the street.
The style of your garage should be one that works well with your existing home’s style. You’ll be able to be more creative with the garage doors, but sticking with the overall style of your home will help your garage blend well without looking like an afterthought. If your home is brick, your garage addition should be, as well.
For the final part of our series, visit the blog, here! We hope you’re finding this series useful and also hope that you’ll contact Hanson Overhead, should you need help with your garage doors and garage door repair in Raleigh NC, once your new garage is complete!