2 Car Garages
Starting around the seventies, most new homes are built with detached garages that can hold at least 2 cars. The primary reason for this is the average family typically has multiple drivers and cars. In addition to that, many families use the garage for other things besides car storage so the single-car design is simply not big enough. In fact, many homeowners today are building garage spaces large enough to accommodate three or four cars as well as workshops and home offices.
In addition to ground space, a 2-car garage offers enough room for a loft area. Although it is a little more expensive, this is an excellent way to use vertical space that may have otherwise gone to waste. Garage lofts have gotten to be so popular that you are likely to see many garage floor plans that include designs for this type of space. This makes the 2-car garage very versatile, providing homeowners with the option of parking their cars while still leaving enough room for storage and hobbies.
The smallest 2-car garage you can build is 20 feet by 20 feet. This allows two small cars to coexist comfortably in the garage without the threat of hitting each other or the walls. However, cars are the only things you will be able to store in the garage because this size doesn’t allow room for storage if you park both vehicles in the area at the same time. Additionally, this size is really only good for small cars like Honda Accords. You would have a hard time fitting an SUV or a full-size truck in a garage this small. You can, though, divvy up the space and use one side for a car and the other for storage or a workshop.
If you want a little room to maneuver, then a 24 foot by 24 foot garage plan may be the better option. This plan is very versatile because you can fit two average-sized cars and still have room for storage. You could even get two larger vehicles to coexist, but it would be a tight squeeze. While this size is the most popular, you can get bigger garage plans. Those with large vehicles or who simply want to maximize the space on their land can get 2-car garages that are 28 feet by 28 feet and 30 feet by 30 feet in size.
The garage size you decide to get will ultimately be determined by what you will be using your garage for. If it is just for car storage, then you should think about the types of cars you are likely to buy and pick the size that best fits those models. If you are planning to use the garage for other things in addition to car storage, then you will want to go for the bigger sizes.
One instance where bigger is better is if you are doing any type of car restoration or repair work. Even if you are working only on small cars, the 24 feet by 24 feet size would be too small because you would only be able to walk around the cars if all its doors were closed. It would also be difficult to operate common auto restoration tools such as an engine hoist and floor jack in a space so small unless you were only working on one vehicle at a time. Add your toolbox, workbench, and other large tools and it quickly becomes a tight squeeze.
If you are an avid auto restorer, then you definitely want to go for the larger 28 feet by 28 feet or 30 feet by 30 feet garage plans. This will give you some elbow room to work while still allowing you to use the garage for the intended purpose of protecting your vehicles from the elements.
There are a number of 2-car garage plans available online. It is worth spending an afternoon doing a search for plans that fit your desires and budget. To maximize the value of your garage, get the biggest you can afford and that you have enough space for. These days, people love big garages, so you will be able to ask more for your home when you are ready to sell it. Take time measure the area so you know how much room you have to work with. Check local restrictions, easements, underground utilities, and other requirements for installing a garage to help you get the most out of your investment.
A good way to get an idea of how much garage space you will need is to do a rough sketch of how you will be using the area. This is a good way to determine if the garage plans you are considering is best for your needs and lifestyle.