When you’re looking to build or buy a new home there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Most home buyers have at least a general idea about the location, style, square footage, and layout of the home they want; but something that not everyone considers is the garage. Choosing whether to have an attached or detached garage is something that you should think about before you start house hunting so you don’t waste your time with something you will be unhappy with later.
A major concern for every homeowner is safety and a garage can play a large part in that. Having a detached garage can be safer for your health than an attached garage. A detached garage keeps all harmful fumes from the vehicle exhaust well away from you and your family because there is no door connecting the garage to your home. Also, working on your vehicle in the garage can put many dangerous chemicals into the air that will find their way into your home through an attached garage that can be avoided by having a detached garage.
We all know that weather can inconvenience us in many different ways and if you have a detached garage you won’t have protection when traversing between your home and car. With an attached garage you can go from your home to your car without ever having to step into the elements but a detached garage does not offer those same benefits. A trip to the grocery store on a rainy day can seem like a lot more work when you know you have to carry all those bags through the cold, wet weather.
While an attached garage will always stay a more comfortable temperature than a detached garage, sometimes that comfort comes with a cost. If the wall connecting the home and garage isn’t properly insulated, you may be paying much higher energy bills because you can lose a lot of your warmth or cool air to the garage instead of keeping it in your home.
On the other hand, the cost of insuring a detached garage is often higher than insuring an attached garage because it isn’t part of the main structure of the home. Also, a detached garage can be more attractive to would-be thieves because of the isolation from the home. A separate security system is often recommended for a detached garage to keep your valuables safe.
Deciding on a type of garage will depend on many different things and will be different for each person. It’s important to know what you want before choosing a house that you will be living in for years to come.
By Sasha Kertamus