Renovation8 min

Attached or Detached: Which Garage Is Right for You?

If you own a home without a garage, chances are a garage or shed is on your wish list. The convenience of protecting vehicles from the weather, along with extra storage space for lawn equipment, tools and other items that don’t belong in the home, cannot be understated. When it’s time to make your wish a reality, one of the first decisions will be whether to construct an attached or detached garage. There are many factors to weigh before you decide which option is right for your home.

Benefits of an Attached Garage

An attached garage will add value to your home and may help with resale value. However, building codes for attached garages are generally stricter than those for detached structures, which can equal more cost and more difficulty obtaining a permit.

You should consider an attached garage if:

  • Your lot size is large enough to accommodate the addition of an attached garage.
  • The zoning codes and building regulations of your town, municipality and/or HOA will permit the addition of an attached garage.
  • You want the convenience of being able to access the garage through your home.
  • You want to be protected from inclement weather when walking from your home to the garage.
  • You don’t want to carry groceries and other items the distance from a detached garage to your house.

Benefits of a Detached Garage

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A detached garage can be a smart solution when you don’t have room on your lot to add an attached garage, or you cannot obtain a building permit for the addition. Many lots are long and narrow, leaving only space behind the home for outdoor buildings.

You should consider a detached garage if:

  • You need garage space but don’t have room on your property to add an attached garage.
  • You can’t obtain a permit to build an attached garage due to zoning or other issues.
  • You will be using the space as a workshop and need to keep noises from engines, machinery, tools, etc., away from your home.
  • You want to use the garage as a she-shed, a “man cave” or similar escape for creative hobbies and relaxation away from the home.
  • You are concerned that carbon monoxide and gas or chemical fumes from an attached garage could seep into your home.

Find the Structure That’s Right for You

If you’re considering the addition of a garage, take the time to research the pros and cons of attached and detached structures. If you determine that a detached garage is the best option for you, talk to your local LP shed dealer. LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® engineered wood products can be combined in virtually endless ways to create outdoor buildings that complement any home. Get inspired, then visit a shed dealer to find the structure that fits your style!

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Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.

Maintenance5 min
Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home’s exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property’s value. So, sometimes it is what’s on the outside that matters most. With summer in full swing, it’s time to take on those much-needed outdoor projects that were neglected during the winter months. You may have several home improvement projects you want to tackle, so how do you know which will provide the best value?