A garage is an investment
in your property.
Make sure you get the right size.
We get phone calls almost every day from customers looking
for a quote on a garage… but they don’t know what size they
For the sake of comparison, the most common sizes for garages are
12 x 24, 14 x 28, 20 x 20, and 24 x 24. There are two factors to consider
when determining what size garage you need: what size vehicle(s) you’ll
park and how much extra storage or work space you want.
If you’ve got a tape measure
handy, the best thing you can do is go out and measure your vehicle. Allow
whatever room you want to walk around the car, then whatever you might
need for storage. Keep in mind that our buildings are measured to the
outside, so the interior dimension will be slightly smaller.
The minimum suggested building lengths for different types
of cars are as follows:
• Average car: 14’
• Small pickup truck: 18’
• Full pickup truck, SUV, or van: 20’ or 22’
For storage, allow at least 4’ if you are looking
to store small things like bikes or tools. For more storage or for a workbench
and work area, add about 10’. A 24’ – 28’ building
will accommodate a regular-sized vehicle and a work area. And keep in
mind if you want a workbench, Horizon can install it for you! A 24”
deep workbench is an inexpensive addition. For storage of larger things
like mowers or ATVs, a 32’ or longer building will provide enough
Width is the other dimension to consider. Our single garages
come in 10’, 12’, and 14’ widths. 10’ may be small
for anything besides compact cars or motorcycles; 12’ and 14’
are more common. For double-wide garages, we can do 20’, 24’,
or 28’. Be aware, however, that 14’ and 28’ wide buildings
cost quite a bit more to ship than the other widths.
Width also affects the size of the overhead doors. An
8’ wide x 6’6” high door is put on 10’ and 20’
wide buildings. A 9’ wide x 7’ high door goes with 12’,
14’, 24’, and 28’ structures. For a small upcharge,
a 10’ wide x 7’ high door may be installed on 14’ and
28’ wide garages.
Remember that any size garage is also available in a two-story
version. So consider building up instead! A garage attic can come with
a full staircase and rail, and the floor extends all the way across the
building to effectively double your space. You can keep a standard A-frame
roofline, or enhance the useable space and appearance even more with a
gambrel roof or two different styles of dormers.
Beware of garage apartment plans you may see online. When it's all said
and done, you may be further ahead in both time and money by going the
PRE Built Garage or prefabricated garage apartment combination route.
We hope this article has been helpful for
you in planning your garage. When in doubt, remember bigger is better
when planning for a garage and storage space. You won’t be sorry
to have extra breathing room. And if you have any other questions, just
let us know!