One morning, you get ready for work. As you get to your car, sheer horror breaks the morning’s drowsiness. Much to your dismay, there are countless graffiti coiling around your car like vicious snakes. And are those broken eggs on your windshield? Perhaps you should have gotten a garage when you had the chance.
Don’t worry. It’s never too late to build your car the shelter it deserves. Although the many types, sizes, and measurements might seem frightening, we will walk you through the process of choosing the garage of your dreams.
Average & standard height of a garage
Most garages are built 7 to 8 feet tall, no matter how many cars they’re meant for. While not many factors affect how high the ceiling should be above the floor, the garage itself might be taller if you build an extra floor above.
Minimum depth of garage
The minimum approved depth is 20 feet. Not every car is the same length, so it’s always better to go over and under. After all, you wouldn’t want your door to cut your vehicle in half! Even if you plan to buy a mini-car, the extra space comes in handy for shelves and cabinets. And finally, there are some legal requirements you must meet when building this addition.
Typical dimensions of a 1-car garage
It is normal to see streets full of 2-car models in the United States. It makes sense, given that people get married and buy a house together. Thanks to the huge demand for this type, many customizations are available. Thus, a 2-car design can be between 20 to 22 feet wide. The depth stays the same no matter the type, between 20 to 24 feet. You can choose a single or double door when it comes to garage doors.
2.5 car garage dimensions
A 2.5-car design fulfills the same purpose as the 1.5-car one – it adds extra space. Whether you own big vehicles or just need the extra workspace, then this type is for you.
2.5-car garages tend to be from 22 to 26 feet wide.
3-car garage dimensions
A 3-car design might be perfect for you if you expect your family to grow. Indeed, having one extra empty slot can be very useful. Before your child is old enough to own a car, you can use it as additional storage space. It might also come in handy if you are used to having lots of guests over.
These models tend to be between 26 and 28 feet wide. Like before, the depth ranges from 20 to 24 feet. 3-car designs generally sport one single and one double door. Three single doors are also possible, though we don’t see them that often.
4-car garage dimensions & sizes
If you’re reading about 4-car design measurements, let us congratulate you on your successful career first. After all, not everyone can afford this lavish option.
The measurements for this size are between 34 and 44 feet. Once again, the depth stays the same, from 20 to 24 feet. Most 4-car models have two double doors, though other combinations are possible.
RV garage dimensions
Since road trips are all the rage in the US, it is no surprise that most families consider investing in recreational vehicles. RVs allow you to see the world while retaining the comfort of your home. But before buying one, you must tackle the storage issue first. Simply parking it outside might not always be possible. The street may be too narrow, and you might block the traffic.
A garage can solve this problem, but only if you build one that is big enough. Unfortunately, the standard size of an RV is not set in stone. Instead, it depends on the model you own and can vary greatly. Since these vehicles can be quite colossal, you’ll need a higher ceiling. Common heights range from 10 to 14 feet. The depth is even more flexible. You can find RV garages from 25 to 50 feet deep. As for the width, the bare minimum is 10 feet. Under this threshold, you might have trouble moving your vehicle in and out.
What is a tandem garage?
Tandem garages are designed to store two or more cars. However, the vehicles are parked in a row rather than next to each other. While this arrangement might take less space, it is trickier for you to take out the back vehicle. Still, this option has been growing in favor over recent years.
Tandem garage vs. double garage
Because of the linear arrangement, tandem options are much more space-efficient. Less space means less material necessary to build it. Therefore, they are considerably cheaper.
However, you’ll have to move the front car before you use the back one. If you and your spouse use your cars often, they might not be worth the hassle. Surely you wouldn’t like parking in and out all the time.
A double garage allows you to move both your cars in and out as you please. Since it is more spacious, you store more items inside.
Yet, the extra space is a double-edged sword. Though the roomier option, it’s also the costlier one. The extra space will also require more maintenance.
Now that we outlined these major points to consider, you can make an educated decision about your dream garage.
Tandem garage dimensions
Common measurements for a 2-car tandem design are 12 to 20 feet in width and 30 to 36 feet in depth.
Golf cart garage dimensions
Since golf carts are tiny when compared to cars, they don’t need as much storage space –width of 7 to 20 feet and a length of 15 – 30 feet are the most frequent measurements.
Chart of common dimensions
Below you can find a chart of normal dimensions found in different garage types.
|Type||Length/Depth (in ft)||Width(in ft)||Height (in ft)||Area(in sq ft)|
|1-car||20 – 24||12 – 16||7 – 8||240 – 384|
|1.5-car||20 – 24||16 – 20||7 – 8||320 – 400|
|2-car||20 – 24||20 – 22||7 – 8||400 – 440|
|2.5-car||20 – 24||22 – 26||7 – 8||440 – 624|
|3-car||20 – 24||26 – 28||7 – 8||624 – 672|
|4-car||20 – 24||34 – 36||7 – 8||680 – 864|
|RV||25 – 50||10||10 – 14||250 – 500|
|Golf cart||15 – 30||7 – 20||7 – 8||105 – 600|
|2-car tandem||30 – 36||12 – 20||7 – 8||360 – 720|
Types of garages
A detached model comes as a stand-alone building.
Because it is not connected to your house directly, you won’t be disturbed by the noises coming from there as much. You construct type whenever you want since the foundation doesn’t need to be laid together with the main structure. They are also much easier to expand.
They’re also considered safer. Intruders won’t be able to access your house if you accidentally leave the door open.
The main drawback lies in their accessibility. You’ll have to through your yard, whether under a scorching sun or in a raging storm.
It is arguably the most popular design. Connected directly to your home, accessing your vehicle couldn’t be easier.
However, you have to construct it together with your house. It means there are stricter regulations, and permits will be more expensive. Expansions are not always possible.
In addition to these construction limitations, the attached models are not as safe. If a fire breaks out inside, it will quickly spread to your house. Burglars might also enter your home through them.
Do you find it difficult to choose between an attached and detached model? Well, a breezeway design brings the best of both worlds to the table. It’s a modified detached garage with a roof connecting it to the main building. With so many decorative options, this design can match any of your creative ideas.
Of course, the extra construction means you’ll need to spend more money.
Garage with an upstairs unit
Adding a living area above your car storage is useful, especially if you tend to have a lot of guests over. You might also rent the unit for extra passive income. All told, it is an excellent way to use vertical space. It won’t touch your yard at all!
That said, the extra construction isn’t the cheapest. It will also take much more time to build. But if you can afford this addition, we’d say go for it. You’ll never know when you’re going to need some extra space.
Carports can also provide the much-needed shelter for your pricey car. They usually comprise four metallic support pillars and a roof. Wooden ones are also common.
Carports provide several advantages. For one, they are much cheaper (generally not more than $10,000). You’re unlikely to build a garage for such a small price. However, this also means that homes with carports have lower resale value.
You’ll also need to meet fewer legal requirements while building one. No grumpy inspectors to tell you where and how to build your dream carport. As such, you can install a carport on your own if you are a fan of DIY projects.
However, there are some major drawbacks to consider before you go for this budget-friendly option. All that protects your valuable car are four support beams. It means your vehicle is much easier to reach for thieves and vandals. Make sure you build a secure fence around your property. Consider investing in security cameras and an alarm system.
While your car may be free from precipitation, the lack of solid walls doesn’t protect it from other adverse elements. For instance, you’ll have to scrub the frost off every morning in winter. And while the roof protects your car from direct sunlight, it might still absorb some of the ambient heat.
Regarding storage, a garage will always trump a carport. It’s both in terms of space and safety.
You can think of it as a tent for your car. Though resembling a carport, a temporary garage can be quickly disassembled and reassembled as you need. It consists of steel frames wrapped in a cover. This cover can be either plastic or fabric.
In addition to being budget-friendly, these models are also easy to install. Generally, you won’t need any permits to assemble one in your yard, and you can place it wherever you want (within reason).
Of course, it won’t much the safety of brick walls. Portable options are also not the most appealing to look at.
Considerations when building a garage
The size of your garage is the most important factor to consider. Think not only about how many cars you own but also about whether you might buy additional ones. You should also take your vehicle model into account. If you buy a larger one, it might not fit into your pint-sized design.
All things considered, it is better to build a larger garage than a smaller one. You can always make use of the free space for storage. Expanding is not always an option, so you’ve been warned.
Though you’re like to find a chart online that displays the width and length of various vehicles, we recommend measuring your car for the best results. Charts might be able to provide a rough average, but they can’t tell you the exact size. You won’t want to waste money on costly modifications if you get it wrong!
If you plan to use the interior to store items, you will need to build it larger. Organizers and cabinets take up lots of space. You won’t be able to install them in a garage that simply isn’t deep enough. A/Cs and fridges are also popular additions, especially if you want a relaxation grotto in your home. Also, make sure you have enough ceiling lights, especially if you plan to work on your vehicles.
The most common roofing materials are metal and shingles. You can’t go wrong with either one, though metal is a little sturdier. Therefore, we advise you choose it if you live in areas plagued by frequent inclement weather. On the other hand, the shingle complements the look of your house better. Of the two, it is undoubtedly the prettier material.
Still, both options are reliable. They are not only waterproof, but they also resist fungal growth.
Heated flooring will allow you to spend time in your garage, even in winter. It’s a great investment if you are a tinkerer. You will have to work on your back a lot so the extra warmth can be cozy.
But think about whether you want heated flooring before the construction begins – you might not be able to add it later.
Whether a garage is worth it or not depends on your lifestyle. If you live alone and don’t see that changing, you can do without it. However, if you plan to have a family and can afford one, go for it. With your car securely hidden inside, no one passing by will get any funny ideas. Moreover, it’s the perfect place to store items such as gardening tools.
A 3-car design has an area of 520 to 672 square feet.
To sum up, garages are useful additions to every home. When choosing the right design, you must consider your car’s size. If you plan to fill the interior with amenities such as cabinets or shelves, you should get a bigger garage than your vehicle. Each design has pros and cons, so it’s up to you to make an educated decision.