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

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?