We’ve been in this business for a while, and this question is one that a lot of homeowners have. It makes sense, too – We see so many homes nowadays with the garage built right in, and people start to have worries about tearing down a wall or driving costs through the roof getting more than they need. But don’t panic! Straight Up is here to give you the low down on how you can add a new garage to your old home. Yes, you can do that. Let’s go over how and why you might want to.

What Do You Need to Know?

The humble garage is a type of structure primarily for storing vehicles. We won’t bog you down in who built the first or why. (It was Henry Ford in 1986, who after building his first horseless carriage realized it was too big to leave the building in one piece, so he knocked down a wall and installed the world’s first garage door.) However, we will tell you that not all garages are equal. You need to consider what you’ll be using your space for, how many vehicles you want to store, and how much room you have to build.

Attached or Detached

The first decision to make is if you want an Attached or a Detached garage. As the name implies, attached garages are built as a part of your home, connecting to it directly. Detached garages are a separate structure with their own foundations that can be placed near or far, depending on your preferences and available space. You’ll also want to think about how to power your garage or if you want power out there at all. Some garages even have plumbing if you’re feeling extra adventurous!

How Much Space

When deciding what kind of garage to build, space is the most important factor to consider, but after that comes purpose. Sure, you’re going to be parking a car or two in your new garage, but do you have other things you could use it for? Do you plan to get into gardening? If so, you’ll want space for tools. Detached garages, closer to your property’s grounds, really shine here. If you have clutter in your home, garages can be a great way to open up space in the home. Hobbyists and craftsmen also spend plenty of time in the garage, and attached garages are particularly useful for quickly making room in the home and giving you somewhere to work on that exciting project.

Why Do I Want A Garage?

Aside from the reasons we already listed and having a safe place to keep your vehicle protected from the elements, a good garage will raise your property value and can add a dynamic amount of visual appeal to your home. Far more than just a place to park your car, a garage can become a favorite hang-out or family gathering spot on warm summer nights, providing you and your family more room to experience life and make memories that last. At Straight Up Garage Doors, we will be able to provide you with and install the right garage door for your home to complete the package and get you started on properly enjoying your new garage for years to come.

Published On: July 9th, 2021 / Categories: Articles /