Building a Separate Garage in Charlotte or Extending Your Existing One?

If you’re planning on building a separate garage in Charlotte or extending your existing one, there are a few things you’ll need to consider beforehand.

Of course, the first step would be determining if it’s legally and physically even possible to make a garage on your plot or extend the one you have. For this, you’ll have to make an appointment with the Charlotte, NC, Planning Department, and find out about the regulations regarding garages.

For example, how close you are allowed to build to the edges of your property. Also inquire if there are any special restrictions that apply to your area. Some residences have a requirement to have deeper setbacks on the sides with doors. There might also be rules governing the way you should design your driveway, how tall the walls should be and what percentage of your plot you can cover with a roof.

But perhaps, the biggest question that arises here is whether you should just extend your existing garage, or build a separate structure? An attached garage wins in the convenience department, and also costs a lot less to make, compared to a detached one. You save footsteps and won’t have to get wet as you dash out to your car in a storm.

There are a few advantages to having a detached garage too, though. Parking your car in a separate structure means your house will stay free from exhaust fumes and the engine noise. It also provides a little bit of privacy in case you like to tinker with your car or use the garage for some other hobby. So carefully consider these things before deciding.

Another important factor you should consider is size. Cars today are much bigger than they used to be in the 90s. A single car garage needs at least 20 feet by 14 feet of space while a two car garage can be built in as small as 24 feet by 20 feet of space, but you’ll be happier with an extra 6 or 8 feet in length and width.

Finally, it’s important that a garage should look like a part of the house. It should neither be so big as to dwarf the rest of the house, nor so small that it looks like a big dog kennel. Most houses in Charlotte, NC are modest sized, so tacking a big garage onto the side will most likely deteriorate the visual impact as well.

Keep all this in mind to make the best decision!