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Old 04-13-2012, 11:16 AM
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Default Garage sizing (how small can a 2 car garage be?)

I am considering adding a "2 car garage" to the front of my house - I have some difficult setback restrictions, but it looks like my easy-to-get-approved external dimensions would be in the ballpark of 20' wide x 18' deep. (giving me an effective interior size more like 19 wide x 16.5 deep)

By my math, this is just enough to hold 2 small vehicles very uncomfortably. It is likely that I could push the zoning folks and gain another 2.5 feet of depth, which would help considerably, giving me more or less an interior size of 19x19. Curiously I may be able to go a bit wider but that would make the garage the prominent feature of the front of my house.

In reality, what I want is room for one car plus storage/workbench, and preferably the ability to cram another car inside in the event of a hurricane etc. In that instance, crawling out the driver's side window is an acceptable way to get out.

On reflection I assume a 16.5' interior depth would be a deal breaker for car storage but a nice man cave. Does an interior space of 19x19 bring me into the realm of reasonable?

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Old 04-13-2012, 11:26 AM
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The smallest "2 car garage" I have encountered when looking at homes is 19x19.
That is tight for anything beyond compact cars.

Just buy a couple "Smart" cars and you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Just buy a couple "Smart" cars and you'll be fine.
I was thinking more like a 2 door Wrangler and a GT-R.
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2 mini's and park one head in and one head out to save on door swing.
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Yeah, it's the "depth" that kills you.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:20 PM
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You might be able to get 2 cars in here:
http://www.guzer.com/videos/small-garage.php

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:09 PM
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20'w x 24'd is usually a good size

Last week I saw a guy doing a city townhome rehab. He plans on selling it and in the neighborhood garages are a huge plus. He framed out a 8'x 17' garage(street level) that is 4' below the first floor so he will need 32" stairs parallel to the back wall. So finished size will be 8'x 14 1/2'. Not sure what the hell somebody could park there besides a mini or smart car.

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My garage is 19 wide x 24 deep. With the 3 steps/hot water heater, etc on one side I have about 16 feet of floor width. The suburban goes in and the kids bikes, etc down one side is all is comfortable. getting 2 small cars would require climbing out the windows. If either is full width you'll never get another in there.
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My old garage is NJ was 21x21. I *THINK* the rule of thumb is 10' width and 20' deep for each car, so a proper two car garage would be 20x20 (usable space). With that, I can tell you that of the 1,000,000 houses I've looked at in SE Florida -- nobody got my memo. I've seen 8' wide and 12' deep and then I've seen 24' wide and 26 deep. (with the back 4' feet being utility)...

The biggest variable you have is set-back. I would think that the more you build the higher your assessment will go, that tells me that after the obligatory dog-and-pony show, they'll give you anything that is reasonable.

Get a nice sketch made -- IT HAS TO LOOK GOOD!!! to present with the plans!!! I doubt there will be objections to a variance if it looks good by neighbors, so it'll be a win.

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:58 AM
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Any garage you ever build becomes to small once you start putting stuff in it.
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Just get two of these cars and you can get your garage at garden center, lawn mower shed.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:26 AM
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24' deep if you ever want a full size truck or suburban in there or if you ever want to sell the house to someone who has one.
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Would this work:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6927_200466927
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FWIW, my current garage is 19' deep. Outside dimension, wife has a volvo S60 and I have parked my Dad's Buick LeSabre side by side inside a 16' overhead door. Its not very comfortable but it can be done. We fit by a minimum of 1-1/2' of depth.

So I would say, 18' wide by 19' deep would be my minimum, but all dependent, obviously, on the vehicle (don't think that needed to be said).
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Your dimensions are on the low side of optimum but doable. I say go for it. A small garage is better than no garage.
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I am having a garage built and it will be 24 wide, 23 deep. That depth will give me 2 feet of space in front of and behind my Excursion.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
FWIW, my current garage is 19' deep. Outside dimension, wife has a volvo S60 and I have parked my Dad's Buick LeSabre side by side inside a 16' overhead door. Its not very comfortable but it can be done. We fit by a minimum of 1-1/2' of depth.

So I would say, 18' wide by 19' deep would be my minimum, but all dependent, obviously, on the vehicle (don't think that needed to be said).
Thanks Mike, that's exactly the kind of info I'm looking for. With a 16' wide door, (also what I was thinking) what's your overall (interior) width in the garage, and does it leave you room for any storage?
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Thanks Mike, that's exactly the kind of info I'm looking for. With a 16' wide door, (also what I was thinking) what's your overall (interior) width in the garage, and does it leave you room for any storage?
My garage width is wider than yours will be, about 30', but we can both pull in the 16' door, make a slight turn away from each other and still make it work. I think if there was a wall 1 ft. from the overhead, we could still make it work but in reality, if I didn't want my car hit, I'd probably let my wife have the garage to herself and park outside.

We only use it this way when we are getting a snow storm, Don't imagine your going to need it for the same reason. But it is doable.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
We only use it this way when we are getting a snow storm, Don't imagine your going to need it for the same reason. But it is doable.
Gotcha. That's fine - if I want two cars in it, it'll be a similar situation - hurricanes. I was thinking a 20' width with a 16' door would "look" about right. Maybe a 15' door.

In reality I realize that as soon as I decide one car is good enough, the rest of the garage will be filled with junk. Frankly the biggest reason for building a garage is to get the junk out of the house anyway.
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I have a 20x20 with a single 16' door. I have a 2 foot work bench across the front and we fit our fusion in just fine. So I think you would be fine at 19x19, just a little tight. We only pull the car in when its going to snow. My truck is to tall for the door, so we never tried to fit 2 cars in.
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