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Building a new garage, whether detached or attached, is one of those things that will most likely cause you to say, “I should have done this years ago.” A garage not only offers you practical benefits on a daily basis, it also significantly increases the overall value of your property.
Although we offer a huge selection of garage plans (over 300 designs), that feature one to three bays, many people are drawn to the 1-car, or one-bay designs. As with all of our garage designs, our 1-car plans come in an extensive variety of styles and configurations. Some have lofts, workshops and even offices incorporated into the design.
The most common question asked about garage plans is, “Do you think this garage will fit our car comfortably?” The answer to this question, of course, is in the size of the family’s vehicle. A “Hummer” is going to require a bit more space than a “VW Bug.” Measure the height and width of the vehicles that you currently own – or anticipate owning, or check the vehicles’ specifications in their owner’s manuals, or online. Your reasons for building a new garage are uniquely your own, so carefully evaluate your current and anticipated requirements regarding the structure’s size.
Generally, the minimum recommended size of a 1-car garage is approximately 12 ft. wide and 20 ft. deep. When considering your 1-car garage design, go bigger when possible. You will never regret having the additional storage space for bicycles, a lawnmower, garden tools, sporting equipment, etc.
Popular One-Car Garage Building Plans
Garage Plan Number 49044
Width: 16 feet
Depth: 24 feet
Special Features: 8’x7′ garage door, 8 foot ceiling
Note: Great storage loft above garage space
Garage with covered porch Garage plan #87832
Width: 24 Feet
Depth: 22 Feet
Special Features: 176 sq ft covered porch.
Single Car Garage Plan # 55521
Width 16 Feet
Depth 20 Feet
Keep in mind that if you drive a full size pickup truck with an extended cab, long bed, king cab, or dual rear wheels, a wider, deeper garage may suit you best. Larger garages like our 30′ x 30′ garage plans will provide plenty of space for these big trucks. Even if you don’t drive a large truck, our larger garage plans will provide will provide practical space for recreational vehicles, boats, utility trailers, or a work shop.
The second most common question is, “How much does it cost to build a garage?” Well, again, there’s no pat answer, but once you’ve chosen a plan that suits you and you’re ready to investigate costs, we at Family Home Plans can help you determine the cost to build with BuildQuoteTM. BuildQuoteTM takes the guesswork out of construction cost estimating by allowing you to compare the use of various building materials. BuildQuoteTM is easy to use and puts you in control of construction costs by calculating how your choices in exterior siding, roofing, etc. will affect the final price.
Whatever your reasons for building a new one car garage, be sure to think it through carefully – before construction. A well-planned, properly sized garage can be one of the wisest, most appreciated building projects you’ll ever undertake – one that you should have done years ago.