A garage is a necessary accessory to every home. It provides car protection and gives you extra space to store your tools as well as light and medium weight seasonal items. Nowadays often one garage for a household isn’t enough – many families own two or more cars. It’s important that the construction of a new garage should be carefully thought out. What is worth paying attention to when planning a garage construction and what factors determine a garage construction cost?
Attached vs. detached garage
How much you’ll pay for a garage depends on its style, size, materials and other extra features, like roofing, siding, doors, windows etc. There are also many factors to consider when deciding on your new garage construction, like your lot size, intentions and budget.
When we talk about garage construction, there are attached garages and detached garages. The first option might seem a bit old school, however it still has its fair share of benefits.
Pros of a detached garage
- Easier to build,
- More customization options,
- More design options.
Depending on your needs, a detached garage could be an ideal choice that will offer functionality and many other benefits. A detached single-car garage can cost roughly between $9,000 and $12,000, for a two-car garage: $18,000 to $37,000, depending on materials.
On the other hand we have garages that are an extension of a house, or “attached garages”, which are relatively new in the world of construction. They usually have a door that leads to the inside of the home, so you don’t have to step foot outside to get inside of the garage.
Benefits of an attached garage
- Easy access,
- Less expensive to build,
- Less complicated utilities,
- Safety against break-ins.
For single-car garage you’ll pay between $7,500 and $10,000, and for a two-car space it may jump up to $20,000 to $27,000.
Garage construction style isn’t the only factor that influences its cost. What also matters is the size of your construction. Fortunately, garages have rather standardized measurements, which change with the number or types of cars. The most common sizes (in feet) are:
- 12 x 24
- 14 x 28
- 20 x 20
- 24 x 24
Of course when determining which is the best for you, you have to take into consideration a couple of things: the type and number of cars you own, and if you’ll want extra storage space for bikes and/or other equipment.
Garage Materials Cost
Naturally, the more square footage, the more materials and labor will go into your project. Whereas materials you choose will have a great impact on garage construction cost. You will have to decide on what to use for your walls, ceiling, roof and exteriors. You also might want to add some extra features such as lighting, climate control, windows, and more storage space.
There are many factors that go into garage construction, that’s why you should always remember that the cost of your construction project will most likely depend on the size, materials and extra features of your new garage space. All of these aspects directly affect the investment cost, as well as maintaining the functionality of the garage for years to come.