What kind of garage is best for you?

When you’re on the hunt for that perfect dream home, you tend to spend a lot of time thinking about everything you want. (For a quick and easy way to determine what's most important for you in a home, check out this handy worksheet.)

Considerations around the garage, however, are often secondary. Usually, the criteria people have for a garage has to do with whether they want a two-car or three-car garage. Some homebuyers have a bunch of toys and tools they need to store or a shop they want to set up in the home garage.

Beyond this, people don’t think very much about what kind of garage they want when they go to buy a home.

But, as you’ve probably noticed, there is a range of garages available on the market. Let’s take a few minutes to look at the various models and discuss why one might be better for you than another.

Attached garage. These are the most common types of garages found in new builds. The reason they are so popular is one of convenience. On those cold winter mornings, there’s no need to walk outside. Instead, you just open a door and you’re in your (usually) heated garage and in your car.

Though convenient, many feel attached garages take away from the overall look of a house. Some feel that attached garage designs like snout houses, where the garage sticks out further than the house, are ugly. Are aesthetics a small price to pay for convenience? You decide.

Detached garage. Older homes or homes with alleyway access often have a detached garage. This design is falling out of favor because, well, it’s not exactly fun to walk out into the rain to get to a garage. However, fans of detached garages think there is something quaint about a house being separate from the garage.

Some people who have a detached garage opt to add a breezeway between their back door and the garage. This enclosed hallway adds a new architectural element to your home and makes those winter mornings more doable!

Basement garage. Particularly popular on smaller lots, basement garages allow for more yard space. Like an attached garage, it can seamlessly integrate with your home, making it easy to get in and out of the garage during periods of inclement weather.

However, one big disadvantage is that you will have to haul all your stuff up the stairs when you get home. This is a consideration, especially if you are planning on growing old with the house. Another drawback is that many older homes are not properly insulated between the garage and the upper levels, which leads to energy inefficiency and cold floors in the winter.

To learn more about home features, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the Cedar Rapids area well and can help you navigate the market.

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