Double garage: design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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How big is a double garage?

Most things come in pairs, but when it comes to a double garage, it's a matter of preference or necessity. Defined as a walled, roofed structure for storing vehicles, garages are usually part of or attached to a home or a separate outbuilding. Although the main purpose of a double garage is to store two vehicles, they can also be used to store other household items as well as for projects like painting, working out, woodwork and assembling of projects. An attached double garage usually has an entry door into the house and wide doors which can be raised to allow entry and exit of vehicles, and closed to secure them from theft and vandalism. Apart from securing your vehicles, a garage protects vehicles from rain, hail, snow and sun damage. In the past century, garage dimensions were about 9 to 10 feet wide and 18 to 20 feet long per car, with a single garage door width of 8 feet. But with the introduction of new cars and a need for extra space, the dimensions have changed. Today, the most popular garage dimensions here in America are 12 x 24, 14 x 28, 20 x 20, and 24 x 24. 

What materials can I use for my double garage doors?

Double garage doors are the entry and exit points of your garage, so you have to choose materials that are durable and weather resistant. Here are the best materials that not only do the job, but look good, too. 

Wood and Wood Composite: Wood is an authentic and aesthetically pleasing material for double garage doors. Wooden doors stand well against the elements, but need constant refurbishing and they don't last as long as other garage door materials. Wood is easy to customize and the doors range from middle-price to expensive. Wood composite achieves the same result as wood but weighs less and costs less too.

Steel: Steel is lower maintenance than wood, and the best garage steel doors are made from two layers of galvanized steel. Steel is also prone to rust and dents, so to minimize risk to your garage door, choose 24 or 25 gauge steel doors, or ones with a fiberglass overlay which will resist rust and dents.

Aluminium: Because it's lightweight, aluminium is the best material for double garage doors. Newer versions of aluminium doors are sturdier, and the laminated panels are dent-resistant. Aluminum is more expensive if you choose doors with heavy-duty frames, but cheaper options with panels made of other materials are available on the market.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass can mimic any material because it's malleable. You can choose one which has the warmth and beauty of wood, or keep its transparent nature to let in some light. They're affordably customizable and great for coastal areas. On the downside, fiberglass can yellow and break over time, especially in cold environments.

Vinyl: This type of garage door is hard to dent or break. Vinyl garage doors are similar to fiberglass in their construction, but are more durable and only require an occasional hose-down The only downside to vinyl doors is that they come in fewer colors and designs.

What are the different styles of double garage doors?

There are different kinds of doors for double garages, and you can choose from manual or automated remote controlled doors depending on your needs and preferences. The  garage door types that are available on the market are the swing out, swing up, roll up and the slide to side styles.

How much does it cost to build a double garage?

No matter how you choose to use your double garage, in the end it will all come down to your budget. Like any large scale building project, how much the entire project costs depends on factors such as style, size, materials and features. Most homeowners spend at least $25,617 to build an average-sized double garage. Depending on the factors mentioned, a double garage will cost you between $16,803 and $37,048 USD. You also have the option of choosing a prefabricated garage instead of building one from scratch. A prefabricated double garage will cost you approximately $11,159 USD.

How do I start planning my double garage?

Before starting any big construction project, you need to make sure you understand what it'll take to finish it. Do thorough research and don't leave anything to chance. Here are some steps to guide you with the process.

Step 1: Understand your local rules. Make a trip to your local municipality or go online to see what the rules are. Building codes vary in different areas, so make sure you understand the rules before starting.

Step 2: Get the appropriate permits. Once you understand the rules, get the necessary building permits. 

Step 3: Make a plan. You'll need to plan your double garage before you start, so enlist the help of a professional for the best advice and expertise. You can also browse through homify for tons of inspiration to steer you in the right direction.

Step 4: Get quotes and contracts from subcontractors. Research is key, get as many quotes from subcontractors. Always check if they are licensed before giving them a go-ahead.

Step 5: Order materials. Always choose quality materials.

Step 6: Begin construction and get periodic inspections as required.