Garages have been an iconic feature of many American homes. They can be one-car or two-car garages. Besides protecting your vehicles from inclement weather, the garage can also double as a useful storage space along with your basement and your attic. Let’s look at how to incorporate a garage into the design of your custom home.
Deciding to Add a Garage
Before you settle on adding a garage to your custom home, several different questions must be answered. For instance, how far away from the street should it be? Some other issues include the following:
- How close to your property line can you build?
- What are the height requirements?
- How does the driveway affect your plans?
- How much turnaround area do you need?
Your homeowners’ association, if there is one, will likely have rules and regulations you will need to follow. Speak to your HOA and your custom home design partner here at Cedar Square Homes, and we can help you learn more about what you need to do next!
The next step is to determine where your garage should be installed. At this point, zoning and coding requirements and permits will come into play. Ideally, the garage should be set alongside the side of the home to boost curb appeal and prevent the garage from dominating the visual aesthetic of your custom home design.
Attached vs. Freestanding
Most garages are either attached to your home or are entirely freestanding structures. Detached garages have numerous benefits, such as keeping odors, fumes, and dust away from the rest of the house. This means that the garage can also be used as a workshop or craft room for hobbies and other pastimes that will produce plenty of dust and noise, such as woodworking.
However, attached garages stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They also add more insulation to your custom home. It is less expensive and more convenient to have one since it will not take as long to build. Loading and unloading the car before going to work or heading out on vacation is also much less frustrating because the roof can keep rain and snow off of your head.
Questions? Call Cedar Square Homes Today!
Whether you are ready to start the custom building home process, or you still have more questions, the trained professionals at Cedar Square Homes are here to help you out. We are beloved throughout Maryland and beyond for our attentive service and affordable home remodeling and building prices. We proudly service Anne Arundel County. Visit us online or give us a call at 410-987-9771. To see more examples of our work and for helpful tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.