Was your home constructed without an attached garage?\u00a0 Do have a garage so full of stuff that there is no room for your cars? Are you limited to a two-garage that has no room for additional vehicles? If you\u2019re living with any of these scenarios, you should consider adding on a new garage for additional space.\r\n\r\nWhile your first instinct may be to build an attached garage onto your home, adding a detached garage to your property is another option to consider.\r\n\r\nBenefits of Adding a Detached Garage\r\nIf you haven\u2019t thought about adding a detached garage, it\u2019s helpful to understand the benefits.\r\n\r\nBetter control of placement \u2014 With a detached garage, you can choose the best placement on your property. Plus, you won\u2019t be limited by the design and shape of your home like you would be with an attached garage.\r\n\r\nBetter security \u2014 Detached garages pose a lesser security risk. Attached garages are the point of entry for many home invasions. If a criminal gains access to a detached garage, your home is still safe.\r\n\r\nNoise control \u2014 If you intend to you use your garage as a workshop, a detached garage will keep excess noise from power tools and other materials from disrupting everyone inside your home.\r\n\r\nMultiple uses \u2014 Even if your cars are already parked in an attached garage, adding a detached garage gives you the opportunity to create a dedicated space for a workshop, office, or studio. It can also be used to house hobby cars or recreational vehicles.\r\n\r\nAdd value to your property \u2014 Adding on a garage, whether it's attached or detached, can result in a 65% return on investment if you ever sell your home.\r\n\r\nBuild a Garage or Buy a Pre-Built Garage?\r\nAdding on a new garage that attaches to your home will result in a period of disruptive construction. It will also require the services of a contractor and engineer to ensure your addition is safely tied into your house, which can make a new garage more costly.\r\n\r\nA free-standing garage, however, will be pre-built off-site and delivered to your property in modular sections that can be quickly assembled. Although the addition will still require permits and a final inspection, the entire process will be quicker and more budget-friendly .\r\n\r\n\r\nSingle-Car and Double-Car Detached Garages\r\nFor a single-car garage, it\u2019s recommended that you go with a minimum size of 14\u2019 x 24\u2019. If you want to incorporate storage or workspace, you should add at least 6\u2019 \u2014 8\u2019 to your structure. At Penn Dutch Structures, most of our single-car garages are built with a wood floor. However, a concrete floor can be utilized if you\u2019ll be housing heavy vehicles or moving vehicles and equipment in and out on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nWhen adding a two-car garage, it\u2019s recommended that you choose a structure that\u2019s at least 24\u2019 x 24\u2019, again adding square footage for storage or workspace. Two-car garages are built on-site on a concrete slab, a heavy-duty floor support that can hold thousands of pounds.\r\n\r\nAdding or Expanding Your Driveway\r\nIf your property doesn\u2019t have a driveway already, or if you need to extend your driveway to reach further back on your property, follow these sizing guidelines:\r\n\r\nFor a single-car garage, construct your driveway to be 10\u2019 \u2014 14\u2019 wide.\r\nIf you\u2019re adding a two-car garage, add a driveway that\u2019s\u00a0 20\u2019 \u2014 24\u2019 wide.\r\nBecause a detached garage may sit slightly higher than your driveway, you may also want to include a ramp into your garage for a smoother entry and exit.\r\n\r\nPost-Purchase Upgrades\r\nIf you plan on spending a lot of time in your detached garage \u2014 using it as a workshop or studio space \u2014 you\u2019ll want to maintain a comfortable temperature. A climate-controlled environment is also important for classic cars. For these reasons, you\u2019ll want to finish off your garage by adding insulation. Although Penn Dutch garages are not finished with insulation, their construction makes it very easy to add-on after you take ownership.\r\n\r\nYou will also likely need utility hook-ups in your garage. You\u2019ll need electric for overhead lighting, an automatic garage door opener, or to power tools. In addition, you may want to run water to your garage if you plan on installing a wash-up sink.\u00a0 These will need to be installed with the help of electric or plumbing experts.\r\n\r\nExplore our selection of wooden and vinyl pre-built garages. When you find something you like, fill out our Request a Quote Form for pricing information.