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We have always known that we wanted to have an attached garage — ideally, a basement garage — in our new log home.
This wasn’t going to be a problem when we were planning to build on a nicely sloped lot on Dale Hollow Lake. However, when we changed our mind and decided to build in Williamson County instead, the land wasn’t nearly as curvacious.
For awhile, it wasn’t clear as to whether we were going to be able to have a basement garage or not. But as it turns out, we can. In fact, we just received the final set of blueprints showing the detail for our attached garage in the basement.
While exploring our basement options, I learned a few things about the differences between attached garages vs detached garages vs basement garages. Here’s what I found…
Pro’s & Con’s Of Each Garage
First, to be clear:
- An attached garage is simply an extension of the home, usually sharing 1, 2, or even 3 walls with the house itself.
- A detached garage is a freestanding building, sometimes it is connected to the home by a breezeway — which can be enclosed or open.
- A basement garage is a “built-in” garage that joins seamlessly with the home’s walk-out basement.
And Don’t Forget These…
Regardless of the type of garage you ultimately choose, there are a number of other things you will want to think about, including:
- placement of outlets (for rechargeable tools & equipment, shop vacs, etc.)
- shelves for storage of smaller items (tools, cleaning materials, paint, etc.)
- open spaces for storage of larger items (lawn mowers, gardening equipment)
- work sink or shower for muddy messes
- full-size bathroom or powder room for convenience when you’re outdoors or in the garage
- floor drains for melting snow & ice, or water from cleaning out the garage
- overhead storage or room space, depending on your needs
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