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Is A Side-Facing Garage Right For Your New Home?

by Tara Pena

Homes are most commonly built with a traditional front-facing garage. However, when you build a custom home, you can also choose a side-facing garage style. Like house plans, the needs and wants for a garage are different for each homeowner. If you are on the fence about whether to choose this garage design style, here are some factors to consider. 

Available Land

Whether or not a side-facing garage is an option is highly dependent on the amount of available land around the lot. With a side-facing garage, you need as much space on the garage side of the house as you would in the front of the house if the garage was in the front. 

Unlike a front-facing garage, vehicles will need space to turn into the garage. If space is limited, the amount of clearance that the vehicles have to access the garage will be limited, especially if you have a two or three-car garage. Make sure your design plans have extra space for a driveway if you are set on a side-facing garage.

Interior Layout

The interior layout of your home is another factor that you should consider when you build a home with a side-facing garage. Traditionally, the entry from a garage leads to a mudroom, laundry room, or hallway. Rarely do you find a garage that opens into a living room or other common area. 

While it's your home and you can design it in any way you please, it's a good idea to look over your design and see if it's conducive for a side garage. For instance, a floorplan that has bedrooms on both sides of the house might not work for this garage-style unless you have space in the floorplan to add a hallway for entry from the garage. 

Curb Appeal

Garages are a utility space that you don't always want to put on display. However, when you have a front-facing garage, there is no way to hide this area. With a side-facing garage, you don't have to worry about this factor, since the garage will be neatly tucked away on the side of your home.

As a result, homes with this style of garage typically have greater curb appeal, and often look refines and well-designed. Homes with this option also have more landscaping options since the driveway is often off to the side, as well. 

Consider each of these factors as you discuss the garage options with your custom home builder