Choosing a Garage Size

Customers are often asking us for a price quote for their garage, but frequently they’re not sure what size of garage they’re looking for!

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The most popular garage sizes we build are 24 x 24, 14 x 28, 20 x 20, and 12 x 24. With that in mind, there are two big things to consider when choosing your garage size: how much work space or storage you require, and the size of your car.

First, find a measuring tape and get the precise dimensions of your vehicle. Think about how much extra space you’re going to want around your car so your garage doesn’t feel too crowded. Make sure to factor in the room you need to open the interior doors around your vehicle.

Next, add storage space into the equation. When contractors talk about garage size, they are usually speaking of the outside dimensions. The end result measurements of your garage interior will be 6-8 inches smaller.

Guidelines to Follow

Below are the minimum lengths of your garage that we suggest for a variety of vehicles:

Standard car: 14 feet

Small truck: 18 feet

Large truck, van, or SUV: 20-22 feet

Include a minimum of 4 feet if you intend to store small stuff like tools or bicycles. If you need a large storage space or for a garage workspace, include about 10 feet. A 24-28 foot garage will house a standard-sized car and a workbench area. A simple workbench 24 inches deep will add convenience and tons of practical applications at little cost. If you own a lawnmower or an ATV, aim for a garage size of 32 feet or longer to give yourself enough room.

Once you have landed on your length, the next dimension to consider is width. We offer single-car garages in widths of 10, 12 and 14 feet. Twelve and fourteen feet widths are the most common, as ten feet can be too tight for anyone except motorcycle or compact car owners.

For a two-car garage, a width of 20, 24 or 28 feet will be your friend. It’s important to remember that prebuilt buildings 14 and 28 feet wide will cost a little more than other widths. If a wider garage is what you need, consider building on location.

Consider Your Garage Door

Next, think about the size of your overhead doors. The standard door size on a 10’ and 20’ wide building is 8’ wide x 6’6” high. The standard door size for structures 12’, 14’, 24’ and 28’ wide is 9’ wide x 7’  high. With a little more money, you can install a 10’ wide x 7’ high door on a 14’ and 28’ wide garage.

A two-story version is always available in any of the traditional garage sizes. Maybe building “up, not “out” is the way to go if your building space is limited. Adding an attic above your garage will essentially double your floor space, not to mention the addition of having a full staircase and handrail. Keeping with an A-frame roof or a gambrel barn style roof will further improve the garage appearance while increasing storage space. Adding second floor dormers will take this improvement one step further.

Be cautious when exploring garage apartment plans you find online. At the end of the day, it may be beneficial — both for your time and money — to  choose a prefab garage or garage/apartment combo.

Choosing the Right Garage Size Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

We hope that you have found this article to be useful for your garage size planning. A good rule of thumb: bigger is better when choosing garage and storage area. You can never have too much space.

If a large garage size is not feasible, create that extra space with a garden shed. And finally: make sure to touch base with your zoning authority for size guidelines before you start building.

Questions about available garage dimensions? Call us at 888-210-5840!