There is almost no end to the usefulness of a garage. Far from just a place for protected parking – although that is a good use – a garage can be home to valuable storage space, workshop endeavors, and so on. Whatever you have in mind for your garage, making sure you have the right garage size to make it happen is essential in the planning phase.
With that in mind, we’d like to take a moment in this article to go over some common garage dimensions. Specifically, we’ll look at sizing for 1, 2, and 4 car garages. If you are thinking of building a new garage, understanding just how much space each of these categories will provide can help you select the right one for your plans.
Speaking of building a new garage, there is no better partner for such a project than American Carports, Inc. We make it easy to design a new custom garage with our Build & Price tool, and the members of our friendly team are always available if you contact us for help. We appreciate your visit and hope to serve you soon!
Some Starting Points for a 1, 2 or 4 Car Garage
At this point, you might not know exactly what kind of garage you want to build or how big you want the structure to be. And that’s okay – it can be helpful to just look at some options, understand how big various types of garages can be, and then start to formulate your own plan. Here are some average sizes for 1, 2, and 4-car garage buildings.
This single car garage size will often be approximately 12 – 18 feet wide and somewhere between 20 – 30 feet deep.
Moving up in size, a standard 2 car garage in square feet is between 20 – 24 feet wide and still 20 – 30 feet deep.
For a spacious garage, making room for four cars typically requires around 40 – 48 feet of width while retaining the 20 – 30 foot depth.
As you reviewed the list above, you probably noticed the rather generous margins included in those measurements. That’s because there is no one specific definition for how big a garage can or should be, even if it is classified as a “one-car” or “two-car”. For example, you could have a very tight one-car garage that is only 12 feet wide and 20 feet deep, and it may be used for nothing more than parking a single sedan. Alternatively, you could have another one-car garage that is 18 feet wide, 30 feet deep, and capable of handling a much larger vehicle along with some storage duties.
Assessing Your Needs for the Right Garage Size
The measurements above can be helpful, but shouldn’t be the only thought when you are planning your new structure. Rather, you should consider your needs and what you want this new garage to do for you.
Step 1: Think about how much space you have available on your property to build. This is a constraint that you probably can’t change, so take some measurements and know what you are working with as a starting point. Whatever type of garage you design is going to need to fit into that footprint and will need to have easy access to the doors if you are going to park inside.
Step 2: Draw a quick layout of what you imagine using the garage for and how the space will be deployed strategically for parking and other uses. If you know how big your vehicles are, you can place them on your layout drawing and then see what room is left for other things like storage, a workbench, etc.
Step 3: Remember, you not only need space for the vehicles to fit into the garage but also space on both sides to get in and out. When possible, it’s always best to err on the side of building a garage that is a little bigger than what you need currently, as the increase in the cost of the project will be marginal, but you’ll get much more use and enjoyment out of it in the long run.
American Carports Inc., Are The Right Team for the Job
The great thing about working with American Carports, Inc. on this project is that you can completely customize your new garage to fit your needs perfectly. So, it doesn’t really matter if the size of the building you have in mind fits with the standard dimensions of common garages – you can do your own thing and design the building from the ground up so you are completely happy with it in the end. Take a moment today to contact us for more information.