Why Detached Garages Are A Good Thing

by Janet Murray 03/22/2020

Many buyers are searching for a home with an attached garage. It helps to keep cars out of the sun, rain, and snow. An attached garage allows you to walk directly from your vehicle into your home without worry.

Garages used to be detached. These structures offered many benefits to homeowners that seem to be forgotten. As cars became more popular and larger, families began to own two cars at their properties. When this became common, so too did the attached garage.

While an attached garage is seen as a luxury and often a necessity, the good points a detached garage have shouldn’t be overlooked.

Attached garages can be converted into living spaces. This affords you as a homeowner much more room without the need to move. Homeowners can then build a detached garage for storage or the placement of a vehicle.

Other Advantages To Detached Garages

A detached garage adds character to a home. Many buyers complain of tired suburban architecture, where the garage often becomes somewhat of a focal point for the front of the home. Detached garages can be more pleasing to look at.

You’ll also have a bit more wiggle room as to how you design your home. If you build a detached garage, it can be placed at an angle on the property. The garage can also be hidden in the backyard, or designed to look like a smaller version of the larger house. A path can even be built through the yard to the garage to bring a design to the entire yard.

Another advantage to a detached garage is that toxic fumes from your vehicle won’t get into the house. Homes with detached garages can often receive green points for environmentally friendly building practices. There’s also less of a risk posed to you and your family for things like carbon monoxide poisoning. You can’t leave a vehicle running very long in an attached garage without that risk.

A detached garage also affords the possibility of adding living space above the garage. It can be a great play space for kids or a game room for adults. You can even build a home office in the upstairs portion of the garage. The area will indeed be quiet if placed strategically. If the attached garage is new construction, you can run wild with it. The design is up to you and the possibilities are truly endless.

While many buyers search for a home with an attached garage, detached garages can have many pros and allow great flexibility to you as a homeowner.

About the Author
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Janet Murray

Whether you're in the research phase just beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. Let Janet Murray put her real estate experience to work for you.

A real estate broker since 2003 including 6 years in a management and marketing role, Janet has an extensive background in residential real estate sales and a skill set that is of great benefit to clients and colleagues alike.

Primarily serving the South Shore of Massachusetts (with the occasional trip North!), her philosophy is simple…she feels that working as a real estate professional is about much more than selling homes; it’s about making connections, building relationships, and working with clients and their families to fulfill real estate goals and dreams. She “loves going that extra mile to make each transaction a personal, positive, and memorable occasion!”

Professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of Realtors®, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® serving on the board of directors, and locally, South Shore Realtors® where she serves as a 2019 vice-president to the board of directors.A firm believer in education and training, Janet has earned her GRI Designation (Graduate Realtor Institute), the designations of CBR® (Certified Buyer Representative), e-Pro®, and certified PSA® (Pricing Strategy Advisor).