Regardless of how you may feel about them, automobiles are a major part of American life. As of 2017, 63% of all homes in the United States had a carport or garage. If your home does not currently have a protected space for your cars, adding one is a great way to increase the value of your property while also constructing a practical addition that will serve you for years or decades to come. Although the majority of newer homes now feature attached garages, there are many advantages to choosing a customized detached garage.
Most people do not consider their garage a major hazard, but the reality is that garage fires are responsible for a surprising number of deaths every year. While a well-built attached garage is perfectly safe, a detached garage guarantees that chemicals or other fire hazards commonly stored in garages are kept safely away from the main living area. Attached garages can also be responsible for making indoor air quality worse, especially if you routinely idle your cars inside the garage or do not immediately shut them off after parking.
Do you work on your cars? Do you have plans to use your garage as a workshop for other projects? Unless you live alone, it's likely that any projects you undertake in the garage will produce enough noise to disturb other occupants in your home. Depending on where you choose to locate your garage on the property, a detached garage can offer significant isolation so that you can spend time on noisy projects without becoming a nuisance. Coincidentally, detached garages also make great practice spaces for aspiring musicians!
While not everyone is bothered by a prominent attached garage, many people are not fond of the way that they often dominate the appearance of a home. By locating a garage away from the main house, you avoid overpowering the rest of your home's façade with garage doors. This can be especially compelling when the garage is being added as an addition, as often it is difficult to mesh the appearance of the garage with the rest of the house. Since the garage will be its own structure, it can complement the appearance of your home rather than overwhelm it.
Adding an attached garage to your home places a large number of constraints on the design as it must fit with the house both structurally and aesthetically. A detached garage, however, offers a nearly limitless number of customization options. You can build the garage of your dreams, with the only real limitations being your budget and the available property.
Contact a garage builder for more help.