Do you require garages for your cars? How many vehicles? What size – length, width and height? Do you need the garage for other purposes – such as hobbies (maybe you’re often working on your cars, or you do woodworking)? Does the garage need to be secure?
The advantages of including a garage in your home design
Garages are an added expense. But they can:
Designing a new home with a garage - what you should consider
Considerations for your garage include:
Case study: The main bedroom of one house was situated immediately above the double garage. The floor of the bedroom was often warm from the garage below which made the bedroom extra warm in summer. One would think that this would be a bonus in winter, but of course garages usually don’t hold heat for very long in winter. As mentioned above the garage doors are poor insulators so in cool climates the garage can quickly become colder than the rest of the house.
Consideration could be given to using a heavier better insulated door and sealing gaps around the door, especially if you’re planning on working in the garage often. You could install extractor fans to get rid of the warm air in summer, and they are also essential if the work you do in the garage generates fumes and gasses.
Garages can be a valuable addition to your home, but often they're an afterthought and poorly planned and located. It's important to get your garage right, where it won't spoil your home, and so that the garage suites your vehicles and your needs.
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