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Attached vs. Detached Garages: The Benefits of Both Options

Posted on Jul 25, 2022 in Blog

For a lot of homeowners, the garage is an essential feature of the house. Whether you have multiple vehicles to consider or need storage space, your garage can be an excellent multi-purpose space to take advantage of.

When you’re building your home, you’re faced with the option of a detached or an attached garage, and they both have their own benefits. The space itself is the same, but the layout can make your life easier in several ways, so you need to weigh the benefits thoroughly before committing to a new build.

Here are the benefits of both attached and detached garage styles so you can make the best choice for your new home!

Attached Garages

Attached garages are exactly what they sound like – they are linked directly to your home and are typically front-facing. Attached garages are coveted in new builds for many  benefits.

Benefits of Attached Garages

Depending on your lifestyle, an attached garage can be the obvious choice. The benefits of attached garages include:

  • Moving kids, pets, and shopping in and out of the house is easy.
  • More comfortable in extreme weather.
  • Less expensive to build.
  • If you want a heated garage or electric connections, an attached garage is easier to connect to the house.

If you’re considering long-term resale, homes with attached garages are highly desirable to buyers. The most significant drawback is the security risk of attached garages – if your garage is broken into, it’s easier for burglars to access your home.

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Detached Garages

Detached garages are often built in the rear of the lot and out of sight from the road. Typically, you have to drive through a dedicated alley to access the space. Detached garages are standard in older neighbourhoods, but they’re also an option in new builds.

Benefits of Detached Garages

A detached garage can be more appealing if you don’t like the idea of an attached garage. Some of the benefits of detached garages include:

  • Better curb appeal without a forward-facing garage.
  • More flexible in size and possible to build on more space.
  • Increased space for vehicles, storage, and workspace.
  • More secure and protects your home from break-ins.

If you’re focused on the aesthetic appeal of your home from the outside, detached garages offer the best look without sacrificing garage space. The inconvenient access is one major drawback with detached garages – if you’re going back and forth to the garage, especially in the winter, it can be uncomfortable and inaccessible.

Which Option is Right for You?

Choosing a garage type is not one size fits all, and homebuyers should weigh the benefits of each option to find the right fit that’s appropriate for their lifestyle.

San Rufo Homes has models with attached and detached garage options in single-family homes – no matter what your garage needs are.

Contact us to look at our models and let our representatives review the options with you to build the best garage for your custom home.